Solidarity In Love

by Marie Tycangco

DEAR LOVE,

It’s Valentine’s once again. Year after year, I think of how to make this day more special than the last and how I can reciprocate the love I’ve been receiving. I appreciate the surprises, the ‘awww’ moments, the thoughtfulness that flowers, chocolates, and gifts bring, but more than those, I will forever cherish the happy memories we’ve shared, the laughter that brings us to tears, the hugs and kisses that bring so much comfort and melt our hearts, not just today but the whole year through.

Thank you for always making my days brighter by showing me the beauty of God’s creation. Thank you for cheering me up when I’m down and for making me smile. Thank you for making me stronger after getting hurt. Thank you for sharing your life with me, for loving me, teaching me to love you back and allowing me to spread the love to others.

Sorry if I failed you so many times. Sorry for the times that I was unappreciative of the little acts of kindness. Sorry for being selfish with my blessings. Sorry for not opening my eyes wide enough to recognize your presence in the people around me.

After a series of loves and hurts, I am always reminded that love is not just between girlfriends and boyfriends or husbands and wives, but it’s between and among God’s children, His Church, in the form of our families, our friends and the community. Love is what binds us all together. With this, I draw my strength to love unconditionally from each one of you who make my days special.

Sending my love to my family, my friends and my Church community who have served as my inspiration to love wholeheartedly. You have been my rock, my love.

FROM YOUR VALENTINE

P.S. Life is love. Choosing to live is choosing to love and choosing to love is choosing to have inner joy. Let’s keep the tingling feeling and fire burning in our hearts and share it with everyone around us, especially to those who need it the most, the least, the last and the lost. Let’s spread the love and make everyone our valentine.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

As published in the February 12 issue of the Parish Bulletin.

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