What is Love actually? Today is Valentine’s Day and the roses are delivered and cards sent, but are those things love? Love is so much more than this one day, it’s so much more than flowers or well wishes. Love is divine, love is something we can’t touch or see, love begins in the depth of our souls. One of my favorite movies is Love Actually. I know some thinks it’s a Christmas movie, but it stirs such deep emotions within me that are not just “Christmas-y”. Love actually is a mirror into so many different relationships. My family talks about which relationship in the movie we like the best and we can never settle on one. Joanna and Sam…who has not had a first love. A love so pure and innocent that you would race under the security radar and sprint through airports, just to say good-bye. A love that you open your heart to The Prime Minister and Natalie…awkward and unexpected. Love can be so surprising when it catches you off guard. The freeing feeling of being totally yourself, making a fool of yourself and knowing that someone loves you even with all your flaws Jamie and Aurelia…breaking barriers. Love cannot be contained by language or proximate barriers. Love conquers anything when you recognize it and embrace it. Mark and Juliet…adoration. Knowing there is something or someone who you love so deeply that you can make choices for their good, in spite of how you feel is foundational in long relationship. You open yourself to an amazing love when you put others before yourself. Love whether it is unreturned or not. Billy and Joe…friendship. I love this deep friendship that knows no boundaries and has been carved from respect. Friends are there through thick and thin, through hills and valley, through better and worse. Friendship love is like the glue that holds people together. Sarah and Karl…family. We love our spouses, we love our friends and we have crushes, but everything begins with family. God created the family in the image of the Holy Trinity, we are a communal people, we need relationships, we need touch, we need connection. We need love. Treasure and nurture each of the unique types of love you have in your life! Happy Valentine’s Day!