for Valentine's Day
In the blessings of love, let us rejoice! Let us rejoice for the love that shares trials and challenges, that shoulders extra burdens when another needs a rest, that endures and carries on come what may. In the blessings of love that is steadfast, let us rejoice! Let us rejoice for the love that cares greatly, that helps those in need and accepts help from others, understanding the need to give as well as receive, the love that embodies compassion and embraces and holds up those who are in pain and lessens the sufferings that can be lessened. In the blessings of love that is caring, let us rejoice! Let us rejoice for the love that is passionate, that encourages the downcast and brings zesty joy to those struggling, the love that weeps with those who mourn, and that laughs with those who celebrate, the love that knows and brings pleasure, and that quells fear. In the blessings of love that is passionate, let us rejoice! In all the different ways love blesses us, may we rejoice, and risk faithfully to be such lovers of life, that we add to life's great blessings. In love, through love, and with love we change and are changed, for the better, from the heart, and for all upon this earth. Amen.