There it is right in front of us: Valentine’s Day. No matter what our marital status, who we’re dating, how our hearts have been broken or how we’ve been loved in the past, we can not escape this yearly observance. Hearts, pink packages of candy and commercial after commercial for flowers and engagement rings continuously surround us in the week or two or three before Valentine’s Day.
This doesn’t sit well with many hearts – especially ones that have been broken or who may be freshly grieving. As a leader in the church, I’ve been wondering how communities of faith can come together to support those with broken hearts (and created a Facebook group for unmarried progressive Christians and friends to discuss topics which concern them).
Whether we are married, single, divorced, separated, widowed, in a relationship or any other marital status, we’ve all gone through some highs and lows when it comes to the state of our hearts.
As we head into Valentine’s Day weekend, here are five questions on which to reflect. Feel free to post in the comments below or as a prompt on your own blog (and post the link in the comments).
(1.) What is one challenging thing about your current marital status?
(2.) What is your best memory of love?
(3.) What has been your best antidote in healing a broken heart? (Movies, hobbies, etc.)
(4.) What has been the most meaningful gift from a significant other, family member or friend? Of course, it doesn’t need to be a material object.
(5.) Name something the church could do to support someone with a broken heart.
May God seal all of the cracks in your heart as you step into new life and new paths. Amen.
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