It’s Valentine’s Day. The one day (at least if you buy into the holiday hype) where we are to show some extra love to our significant others by giving flowers, cards and candy, enjoying dinners and each other’s company and other types of couples activities. For the rest of us, it’s just another mid-February Sunday. Whether you celebrate or not, one thing we should all agree on is that love is eternal. It shouldn’t need a special day…I mean, if you are doing it right, right? The sentiment behind Valentine’s Day should exist and be prevalent everyday.
And as much love (if you want to call it that) that we expend on Valentine’s day for our significant others, we all should expend more than that for our fellow men and women. Love is needed all over the world, for so many people. We’re being attacked with words, with violence, with abuse, with diseases. We don’t listen to each other when we disagree. We don’t talk to one another with empathy or compassion. We are quick to war, and slow to peace. Quick to hate, and slow to love.
We need love, yes we do. We need a deeper, richer, more spiritual love. Love for one another, as you would love yourself. Love for your neighbor as well as yourself. Love for someone who you may not know needs it. It’s the greatest command to follow. Lord knows, I’m just as guilty as everyone else of being selfish with my love. But I contend, and I’m sure you agree, the world needs more love.
Mr. Vandross, give us your take on that while you cover Jackie DeShannon’s original:
Mr. Sims, go get Rev. Marvin Winans and let him tell us all about why we need peace and love today, please?
And last, but certainly not least, Mr. Wonder. Sir, could you sing your song that sadly is still true forty years after you recorded it:
Let’s all be mindful that the world needs love, sweet love. Let’s remember that we could use some peace and love to take the place of hate and war. And finally, let’s give more love to a world so desperately in need of it. Love for ourselves, love for others, love for animals, love for all.