The light and blessing of last Sunday’s Candlemas shines into this week as we approach St. Valentine’s Day, which for us goes deeper and wider than a marketing strategy. We’re celebrating agape love: God’s unconditional love for friends, family, and neighbors.
We chose from stations that offered different mediums and modalities for exploring and expressing God’s love.
Adults encountered the heart of agape love by walking with the love-language of poets and prophets, evoking mature faith and love, in Love Note Lectio.
“When he spoke my soul vanished.
I look for him and can’t find him.
I call, he doesn’t answer…
I beg you, daughters of Jerusalem,
If you find my love
You will say that I am sick with love.”
—Song of Songs
Families and children loved our Brown Bag neighbors with cards and treat bags.
Finally, global compassion prayers and Metta love helped us locate places in the world that hold the broken hearts of the displaced.
- 1 Corinthians 13 — “And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.”
- Hearts and Crosses — Wendy’s blog post celebrates accidental and intentional signs of love, given and received, and poises us for Lent.
- The Washington Post on compassion — We know it’s not new, but we love that it’s making a comeback as a way of life!
- DIY valentines with love language from the hearts of mystics
- A Little Love scriptures for Valentine’s Day from Building Faith
- Ubi Caritas, a Taizé chant (“Where charity and love are, God is there.”)
- Valentine’s playlist from today