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My mother, who knows me well, knows I love old things and repurposing things. I received a note from her last week with a small valentine inside that has a simple message on the back, “From Lecil Edward.” She found it at an antique store and believes it is from the 50s or early 60s.
Part of mom’s note read,
“Just to think over 50 years later, it’s still spreading love. I hope you feel as loved getting it as whomever Lecil Edward originally gave the Valentine to did! Thinking of ‘recycling love’ led me to the thought that it’s exactly what Christ told us to do. Take all the love that’s given you and recycle it and put it back out there for others to feel.”
How absolutely true that is. Jesus tells us in Luke 10:27 to, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and love your neighbor as yourself.”
Love. Above all else, choose love. It doesn’t matter where the love comes from or where it goes when it leaves you, just keep it moving throughout your life and throughout the world. The love you share with someone today may still be producing love in 50 years, just like my recycled valentine. Let it expand and heal and lift and overwhelm your soul, knowing it will only be made more powerful for the next person you pour it into.
I’m sure Lecil never imagined his small gesture would be used to warm a daughter’s heart one day. Perhaps he was just hoping for a smile from the cute girl that sat in front of him at school. Whatever form you receive it in, remember it can be recycled and reproduced into whatever it needs to be for the next person who receives it.
I look forward to thinking of ways I can recycle Lecil’s valentine back out into the world, but for now, I plan on holding it near to my heart for a little while.