Today is Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day.  It is a day of love and repentance. It is a day of cards, candy, and ashes.

I’ve never been a huge fan of Valentine’s Day. It seems to me that we should be loving all year long and a card or candy won’t make up for a lack of love. On the other hand, it provides an opportunity to express love that perhaps hasn’t been expressed before. In 5th grade a boy wrote on my obligatory class Valentine, “I like you.” It was the same boy who slipped a cherished red marble into my collection.

Ash Wednesday is also an opportunity, it is a chance to reflect on our lives, to find new ways to show our love for God and our community. It is a chance to look at our lives in new ways, to express our faith in new ways. It is a chance to start afresh on our relationship with God.

How will you show love today to your loved ones, to your community, to God?