“What did Uncle Bruno give you on Valentine’s day?” Little Lannie asked.
“Love,” her Aunt Joan replied.
“No flowers?” Lannie insisted.
“Love,” Aunt Joan repeated, laughing.
“Not even chocolates?” Lannie was incredulous.
“Dearie, why do husbands have to give their wives flowers and chocolates?
“Because it’s Valentine’s Day. They say it’s the day of love!”
“Say that last word again, dearie.”
“. . . Love?” Lannie was confused.
Special days created by marketing men naturally require consumers to buy goods. And on Valentine’s day, flowers and chocolates should sell. “Say it with flowers” is one such slogan that has created demand for what now seems to be the “symbols” of Valentine’s day.
The Bible does not say anything about a husband giving his wife flowers or chocolates to show he loves her. We read something more important.
Scripture further tells us (v. 33) that "each man must love his wife as he loves himself . . .”
After God created Eve from Adam’s ribs (Genesis 2:23-24), He brought her to Adam, who exclaimed, “At Last! This one is bone from my bone, and flesh from my flesh!’” The Lord called her woman because she was taken from man. This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.
Aunt Joan explained, “Between a husband and wife, all we need is love. When you are older, Lannie, you will understand what that means.”
Reflect and pray:
Since I am not obliged to give (or receive) flowers on Valentine’s day, how can I make the “day of love” significant between me and my spouse?