Valentine's Day Boxes

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by: Brent Wood

02/16/2021

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Valentine's Day was a big deal at the school my kids attended when they were young.  Every kid would bring in cards for all his classmates, and of course, all the cards had to have candy attached to them, but there had to be some place to put those cards.  So each kid was expected to construct and bring in a decorated box.  And whoever had the most creative, best looking, and all-around-emotionally-satisfying box, would win a prize.

It was that last idea that got me every year. I needed to win the prize ... I mean, I really wanted to help my kids make a box, and if they won a prize? Ah, so much the better! And if they didn't, well, that would be ok, because maybe there was probably some other parent who needed a boost to his self-esteem.

So we would go off to Hobby Lobby, come up with a plan, get out the power tools, and build the mother-of-all-Valentine's-boxes. One year we made a beehive - painted it in black and yellow stripes. Very cool. Another year we did a fishbowl. We painted the whole thing blue, glued aquarium rocks to it, twisted pipe cleaners to make them look like corral and seaweed. Nemo would have been proud.

And then this one year I had an epiphany - we would make a Valentine-opoly board. Every kid in the class would get his own property - like Allie Avenue or Lindsay Lane - and they could insert their cards into the corresponding slots. It was stunning and brilliant. First prize was ours! I waited expectantly to hear the news. Except they let the kids vote - and something lame like an army tank box won. I was miffed. But I'm ok now. Most days.

Valentine's Day was big at our house, too. Every year I would take one daughter out for breakfast, then the other one out for lunch. Then the next year we would switch it up. I'd buy them a card, they'd make me one - and we would have our little date there at Chick-fil-A, or wherever it was that they picked.

I miss that now. I send them both a card every year, but it's not the same. (Last year I sent Lindsay's card to the wrong address - somebody in Chicago is probably wondering why someone named Brent was sending them a Valentine's card.)

But Valentine's Day is an easy reminder of the love that we enjoy in life. Whether it's a mate, or a child, maybe a parent, or even a friend. Most of us are blessed relationally - and Valentine's Day reminds us of the fact that we are loved, but also how important it is to say, "I love you."

Yet maybe for you the Valentine's Day card box is going to be a little thin this year. Maybe you've lost a friend, maybe you are feeling lonely. Relationships have been a little tough of late. But don't assume there are no cards in your box. In fact I see five of them, and they all have your name on them.

Just take a look:

Isaiah 54:10
For the mountains may depart
   and the hills be removed,
   but my steadfast love shall not depart from you.


Psalm 86:15
But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious,
    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.


Jeremiah 31:3
I have loved you with an everlasting love;
    therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.


Lamentations 3:22,
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
    his mercies never come to an end;


I John 3:1
See what kind of love the Father has given to us,
    that we should be called children of God; and so we are.


And they all come from a God who loves you dearly and desperately, unconditionally and inifinitely. And that is pretty incredible to think about!

Happy Valentine's Day!
Valentine's Day was a big deal at the school my kids attended when they were young.  Every kid would bring in cards for all his classmates, and of course, all the cards had to have candy attached to them, but there had to be some place to put those cards.  So each kid was expected to construct and bring in a decorated box.  And whoever had the most creative, best looking, and all-around-emotionally-satisfying box, would win a prize.

It was that last idea that got me every year. I needed to win the prize ... I mean, I really wanted to help my kids make a box, and if they won a prize? Ah, so much the better! And if they didn't, well, that would be ok, because maybe there was probably some other parent who needed a boost to his self-esteem.

So we would go off to Hobby Lobby, come up with a plan, get out the power tools, and build the mother-of-all-Valentine's-boxes. One year we made a beehive - painted it in black and yellow stripes. Very cool. Another year we did a fishbowl. We painted the whole thing blue, glued aquarium rocks to it, twisted pipe cleaners to make them look like corral and seaweed. Nemo would have been proud.

And then this one year I had an epiphany - we would make a Valentine-opoly board. Every kid in the class would get his own property - like Allie Avenue or Lindsay Lane - and they could insert their cards into the corresponding slots. It was stunning and brilliant. First prize was ours! I waited expectantly to hear the news. Except they let the kids vote - and something lame like an army tank box won. I was miffed. But I'm ok now. Most days.

Valentine's Day was big at our house, too. Every year I would take one daughter out for breakfast, then the other one out for lunch. Then the next year we would switch it up. I'd buy them a card, they'd make me one - and we would have our little date there at Chick-fil-A, or wherever it was that they picked.

I miss that now. I send them both a card every year, but it's not the same. (Last year I sent Lindsay's card to the wrong address - somebody in Chicago is probably wondering why someone named Brent was sending them a Valentine's card.)

But Valentine's Day is an easy reminder of the love that we enjoy in life. Whether it's a mate, or a child, maybe a parent, or even a friend. Most of us are blessed relationally - and Valentine's Day reminds us of the fact that we are loved, but also how important it is to say, "I love you."

Yet maybe for you the Valentine's Day card box is going to be a little thin this year. Maybe you've lost a friend, maybe you are feeling lonely. Relationships have been a little tough of late. But don't assume there are no cards in your box. In fact I see five of them, and they all have your name on them.

Just take a look:

Isaiah 54:10
For the mountains may depart
   and the hills be removed,
   but my steadfast love shall not depart from you.


Psalm 86:15
But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious,
    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.


Jeremiah 31:3
I have loved you with an everlasting love;
    therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.


Lamentations 3:22,
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
    his mercies never come to an end;


I John 3:1
See what kind of love the Father has given to us,
    that we should be called children of God; and so we are.


And they all come from a God who loves you dearly and desperately, unconditionally and inifinitely. And that is pretty incredible to think about!

Happy Valentine's Day!
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