I remember being single and having nice people try to cheer me up whenever February 14 rolled around. (Which it inevitably did. Every. Single Year.) I appreciated their kindness, but it kind of felt like getting a stick of gum when you’re ravenous for steak.
All that to say, I won’t pretend that anything I can say will make this day easier. But I feel compelled to say it anyway, just to let you know that you are not invisible. You are not alone. And even when it doesn’t feel like it, you are loved.
Today, if you feel betrayed or abandoned by someone you thought would never leave, this is what God says to you:
I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.
Today, if you feel alone in this big world, God says:
Be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.
Today, if you feel forgotten, like so many leftovers, God says:
I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.
Today, if you feel like you got passed over when Cupid was flinging his arrows, this is what God says:
I have loved you…with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.
Today, if you feel unnoticed, damaged, unappreciated, devalued, here’s God’s promise:
The Lord your God is living among you.
He is a mighty savior.
He will take delight in you with gladness.
With his love, he will calm all your fears.
He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.
As for me, my love isn’t close to God’s love. It has conditions, it lets people down, it’s forgetful, it’s self-centered and fickle and cantankerous. But my prayer this Valentine’s Day is that God will weed out my own love from my heart and replace it with his love. Love that is unconditional and pure and selfless.
“In God there is no hunger that needs to be filled, only plenteousness that desires to give.”
—C. S. Lewis, The Four Loves
It’s with that generous love that I want to love God and my husband and my family and my friends and strangers. And it’s with that love that I love you, whoever you are, wherever you are, however alone you’re feeling right now.
Wherever you find yourself on Valentine’s Day, know this:
You. Are. Loved.