Yesterday at our church was a special day. The kids especially love it. We call it Love Sunday. It is always the Sunday closest to Valentine's Day and we encourage our members to bring things to show our love for each other. usually people bring baskets of candy to pass out to everyone. Sometimes we bring cards or little gifts. It is a nice way for each of us to make sure we see others and express our appreciation and love for each other.
Showing love and appreciation on a designated day is easy for most of us. You do not feel weird about giving or receiving this expression because you are not the only one doing it. Others around you are doing the same thing. But what about those times when you want to show your love and concern but do not want to make a big show of it? Do you still do it? Do you write the person an email or do you give them a call? Sometimes a little note makes all the difference. Timm has one friend at church who emails me to find out how he is doing. This person makes sure I tell him "hi" and they are wanting to know if he is feeling better (he has been having a lot of headaches). Tim, being a (almost) thirteen year old boy, kinda grins when I tell him about the messages, and I know it makes him feel just a little special. It isn't something anyone else knows about, but he knows and feels the love this friend has for him.
It is so nice for people to show their love on Valentine's Day, birthdays, anniversaries, and all. But what about the non-designated days? That that extra step and tell someone you appreciate them today. Write them a note and show your concern for them. Just a couple of lines will do it.
John 13:34 - 35 "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."