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A Valentine's Day with Meaning

View from back of a young beautiful couple doing heart shape with fingers looking at the sun setting behind the mountains, reflecting light in the sea water. Valentine day love concept. Focus on hands
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It is estimated that 190 million Valentines are sent each year. When you factor in electronic cards, the number goes up to 1 billion.

What if Valentines were sent not just as a perfunctory obligation, but a true expression of love for the people in our lives who make a difference and give purpose and add meaning to our existence?

While it is not known who exactly St. Valentine was, one legend suggests that Valentine helped Christians escape harsh Roman prisons. In doing so, he fell in love with one of the jailers' daughters and sent her a note signed, "From your Valentine."

In just you days, many of us will feel anxiety over finding the right Valentine's gift for our spouse. Perhaps we could suppress our fear of messing up if we use today to let those we love understand why we do love them. That may not get you off the hook for a romantic dinner or gift, but it could give the day a little more meaning.

This is Dr. Scott Morris for Church Health.