Christian Living · Reflections

Too Much Heaven

Nobody gets too much love anymore.
It’s as high as a mountain, and harder to climb.

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Waving at you with its hand, while carrying a ghetto blaster with the other. Amidst the muffled falsetto voices of the Bee Gees, you wonder why you don’t have a boyfriend. You wonder, why is Valentine’s Day such a big deal? So you begin to do a little research, and there you find what made you let out a sigh of relief.

It’s not hard to discover that it is actually the ancient pagan holiday of Lupercus that is hiding behind the romantic cloak of “St. Valentine’s” day. Contrary to common belief, the name of the holiday wasn’t derived from a third-century Roman Catholic martyr. St. Valentine’s Day as a lovers’ festival has no relation to the saints but is rather connected either with the Roman fertility festival of the Lupercalia or with the mating season of birds.* It is also said that in this festival, women were paired off with men by way of drawing lots, which is of course, linked with sexual immorality.** Further research will even trace its roots to the warrior Nimrod, a licentious man who came to be worshiped by pagans.***

Not only is Valentine’s Day a thing of the dark past, but also one fatal mistake. It is a cause of stress, crowded restaurants, overpriced flowers, and an excuse for promiscuity. For those who are going solo, the occasion’s arbitrary prerequisite to have a partner only evokes loneliness and depression. Clearly, the habit of celebrating Valentine’s Day really leaves a lot to be considered sensible.

Alice in Wonderland
Can we just paint white roses red?

Love is such a beautiful thing
You make my world a summer day.

The Bee Gees song keeps on playing in the background and you thought that maybe it is on loop. But you have made up your mind to stop feeling sorry for yourself on Valentine’s Day, or celebrating it altogether. You don’t care if to some people, this radical opinion may sound as if it reeks of bitterness.

For most people, celebrating Valentine’s Day may simply be an innocent way of expressing endearment to their loved ones. However, true love requires knowing about what this day truly represents and where it came from.

Love is a beautiful thing. It is in the normalcy of giving your wife a dozen red roses on ordinary days, and in sending a random note to brighten up your friend’s day. Love is in the myriad of ways of not harming others, helping them out whenever you can, putting their best interest before your own, and in ultimately seeking God. It is in the daily act of kindness and outgoing concern, not in a superficial love day of red cut-out paper hearts to be thrown away. So, if we are to love one another every waking moment, all the days of our lives, isn’t Valentine’s Day just too much?

*Encyclopaedia Britannica, 15th ed., vol. 10, p. 336
**Encyclopedia Americana, “St. Valentine’s Day”

This is a response to WordPress Weekly Writing Challenge: My Funny Valentine?

Featured Image: Screen cap from 1951 Alice in Wonderland film

23 thoughts on “Too Much Heaven

  1. That’s really awsome! I wish theere were a lot more people like you, you’re a truly inpiration , my best and cisire wishes to you and your love ones God Bless you always, not just on Valentine’s Days!!!

  2. I was just planning to write something about this because most people don’t know why it’s valentine’s day. But this is already explains everything they need to know. Sharing this to all the bitterillas in my circle. hahaha.

  3. I really like your blog.. very nice colors & theme. Did you design this website yourself or did you hire
    someone to do it for you? Plz reply as I’m looking
    to create my own blog and would like to find out where u got this from.
    thank you

    1. Hello! Thank you very much for the compliment 🙂 Yes, I’ve designed this site myself using one of the default themes in WordPress. Since I use a free account, not a premium one, I’ve got limited custom options. I can only change the header image and the background. But there are a lot of themes to choose from plus you can always customize your widgets, menus, profile, etc. Even with a free account, you can personalize your site using a bit of imagination and self expression. 🙂 May you be able to put up the blog you desire. You can always comment here if there are other things I can help you with 🙂 Good luck!

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