The outside of a horse is good for the heart of a man.
Although that statement, frequently quoted in variations, does hold some truth in the opinion of those who have the opportunity to be around horses, there is a much broader meaning to the saying. The relationship one can development with a horse gives a feeling of satisfaction, security and love.
Likewise with Valentine’s Day, and the red hearts being prominently displayed in decorations, advertising and on cards, there should be a much broader meaning given to the day than considered by most.
Controversy surrounds the origin of Valentine’s Day, but the name Saint Valentine is given to two loving Christian martyrs whose feasts were observed on February 14, the day set aside for a Roman festival. Churches now seldom even recognize February 14, and Saint, sadly, is usually omitted from the common reference.
It is still a good time to think about the importance of love from the heart. No better way to do this than following the tradition of mailing a Valentine card, perhaps lots of them. They don’t need to go only to One True Love, but also to family, friends and
especially to those who are incapacitated, lonely or shut-in. A call, a visit or a red rose would serve well too. Try saying hello to a passing stranger; it might make their day.
All of the commercialization makes Valentine cards available in every color of the rainbow. However, they should be red as a symbol of the blood shed by martyrs who died for their faith.
Love is a very strong word. It’s not just about a certain feeling, but a true dedication. First Corinthians Chapter 13 is the Bible’s so-called love chapter. It summarizes: “Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.”
No greater love than expressed in the familiar St.John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Not one of the Ten, but the greatest commandment: St. John 15:12, “That ye love one another, as I have loved you.”
Let’s spread love from the heart this Saint Valentine’s Day. There’s still time to get a card in the mail.