the greatest of these

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 The heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing……Blaise Pascal

Heed grace and loveliness.  And then celebrate it.  I have been thinking about the power this practice has to transform your life and thoughts and relationships.  There are a couple of scriptures that come to mind that echo the same sentiment.  Follow after love, and desire spiritual gifts (1Cor 14:1), and think on whatever is lovely and praiseworthy (paraphrased from Philippians 4:8).

Valentines Day is becoming my favorite holiday, right behind Easter.  For me, nothing can top celebrating the Resurrection, but celebrating love comes pretty close!  With candy, and flowers, and cards and cupid, it just seems fitting that gestures be made; tokens, words, cards, meals, gifts, and kindnesses, to demonstrate the love we feel for those given to us.  Remembering and celebrating the special times shared, and the warmth and love you’ve received.  Even without a lover, there are so many loves that no one has to feel left out.  It doesn’t pertain only to pairings, but to family, to children, to friends, to loved ones everywhere!  Take a moment to recall all the good fortune you have received from those who have loved you, and those who love you now!  Let it fill your heart to overflowing!  And remember them today with a gesture of appreciation!  Maybe balloon hearts and roses are not your style.  Then give words of thanks.  But don’t let the day pass without extending love and thanks to those who are special to you!  Happy Valentines Day to all who have loved me!  I thank you, I appreciate you, and I love you too!

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