It’s that time of year when we think of those we love and have a day to express it, Valentine’s Day! I am mindful of my childhood days in school when we would share valentines with each other. In the early days our teacher would set aside a time when we would make our own Valentines, out came the red construction paper! We would cut out the red hearts and write something original like “be my valentine”. We had the little candy hearts with all the meaningful things written on them: be mine, a kiss and forever mine! We were all so very careful of what heart we gave to what person, every girl and boy had thoughts of getting a Valentine from a special friend! Many a heart were broken!
Well, we all grow up, but there is one thing does not change, we all want and need love from someone! We are all still wanting, needing a Valentine, some sign that someone loves and cares for us! You know even as adults we can struggle with relationships. But that is the risk we take giving our hearts away; there is always a chance it will be broken. It has been said “there is someone for everyone”! We all know what can happen when you end up with the wrong someone! We are all like children when it comes to love, as the singing group the Beatles once said: “all you need is love”. Can it really be that simple?
We live in a world where it seems there are more broken hearts than not. At Family First we hear the stories of broken hearts, of broken families and the children who do not understand why? We are here to share God’s love for them and encourage them with Jesus’ words to simply “love each other just as I love you”. We have story time for the little children, and yes out comes the red construction paper to cut out the red hearts. You know love is something that is taught and caught. We need to teach our children to love others, to be mindful of others feelings and hearts. Sometimes the adults need to hear this too!
Family First is a place to hear an encouraging word, a place to regroup and mend a broken heart! We are here because we love our community, love the families and the children who make love so easy. Our hope is for everyone to know they are loved and know they are not alone. Love is very contagious, like our little children being so careful giving out candy hearts, they were afraid to give away their hearts, but they saw the joy of others doing it and couldn’t help to do the same! This Valentine’s day won’t you join with us and reach out and love someone who needs it? Let us all make our community a better place to live in! Maybe it is that simple: all you need is love!
Frank and Clare Grochocki