Why is February such a special month?
Published 4:36 pm Tuesday, February 14, 2023
With all the blessings God has given us shouldn’t we make every day, every month special by thanking him? But we don’t. We think we did it all by ourselves. Shame on us. But at least we make one day and one month of the year a time to shed around our thoughts of love.
Here are some other things special about this month:
February is the only month with 28 days — until leap year adds that extra day. You may have a reason to celebrate one of those days in February as a birthday or anniversary, but right in the middle is the day most everyone knows about and will celebrate — Valentine’s Day! It’s a day for expressing love, a God given human emotion and mostly happy day for sending cards, giving gifts and seeing red Valentine hearts advertising “love” of some kind, even if only candy, especially chocolate candy. It’s a day some young couples choose to get engaged.
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All in all, it’s a day when much of the world pauses to recognize there is a need to “love one another.”
Where did that idea come from? In such a world as we live in today, we know it came from a greater source than ourselves. We are all influenced by our emotions and they are erratic and sometimes shattered by what is taking place at that moment in our own lives. The arch enemy of God is hard at work and we are allowing him to rule our lives.
In II Chronicles 30 in the Bible we find reference to the second month and the 14th day as a time for celebrating Passover. Passover was the greatest reminder the God of love could let us know he loved us.
Committing ourselves to God, asking his forgiveness for our sins and pleading with him to open the eyes of those who are evil that one day they will have to give an account to him.
How do I know that? Because I have read and trusted his word, the Bible, since I was 16 years old and it has always proven true. It tells the story of how life began and will end. It’s the “source book” for life. He is God, the creator, the omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent one who did not abdicate. He is still in control but allows us to have our own way when we demand it.
In all my years I have never believed we needed those expressions of love more than we do today. It seems all over the world there are those who have given over themselves to evil doings, some sickeningly terrible ones. An emphasis on love and smiles and a “thank you” should encourage all of us. Let’s hope everyone made Feb. 14 and then every day in 2023 a day when we express kindness everywhere we go and with everyone we meet.
Feb. 25 will be a very special day this month for me. My family and friends will be here to celebrate my 95th birthday. How grand and special that will be!
Myrtle V. Thompson is a retired missionary, writer, author of “Living in Villages” and “Visiting in Palaces,” along with her latest, “Beyond the Garden Gate.” They are for sale on Amazon.com.