It’s not really about the chocolates and flowers today. What is Christ’s most sacred heart saying to yours?
Today we celebrate (or hide from) Valentine’s Day. I spent a good portion of my 20s referring to it as VD. When your heart is lonely, watching others being showered with “love” is a painful reminder of your loneliness. I drowned it with partying, ice cream, and alcohol. The ache still remained. It is THE Heart that speaks to the heart. No other substitute will do.
It was only many years later that I began to allow God to heal my wounded heart, a heart that ached to be known and acknowledged as worthy to be loved. It is a slow healing, a wholeness that won’t come this side of heaven for me I believe. It is a constant effort to bathe myself in the knowledge that no matter the rejection and other-ness in this life, I am beloved and welcomed into the arms of Jesus always - even at my worst. It is to allow myself to be loved completely by my husband and believe I am worthy of it. It is to stare fiercely into the void that still points out every place I do not belong and see instead the beauty and completeness of the places I do.
Heart speaks unto heart. This was the motto of the soon-to-be-saint John Henry Newman...the man for whom so many campus ministries are named...campus ministries like the one where Jesus called me to His heart knowing mine would break. Heart speaks unto heart. What is yours saying to those around you? Let it speak of Love, belonging, healing, and joy today. Happy Valentine’s Day, my friends. You are so unbelievably loved just because you exist. - 2 days ago