Some Thoughts for the Month of February

Some Thoughts for the Month of February


February is the month of Love and the month that we celebrate Black History.

Here are some tips on how to make the most of February.
 

Acknowledge that it is Black History Month!

“Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history.
Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating Black history.”


• Learn something new. 
• Then, share what you’ve learned with someone else.


Here are some sites that might help:


* https://www.history.com/topics/black-history/black-history-month
https://mytoastlife.com/5-ways-honor-black-history-month/


February is also known as the month of love. 

It’s not just for the romantics or only to be celebrated on Valentine’s Day.  I’m reminded of the song recorded in the 1960’s and many times since then, entitled “What the World Needs Now.”  It’s LOVE!  The lyrics include a line that says, “No, not just for some, but for everyone.”  And every time I hear the word ‘everyone,’ I say, “Yes! For each and every one.”  No one gets excluded. 


So, show the world some love today and every day.  Begin with yourself.  Love YOU!  Marvelous, unique, very special, you!  There is no one that isn’t deserving of love. 
Although the 60’s (when said song was written) seem like a long, long, time ago, I invite you to think even further back.  The idea that the world needs love, and that we could all be love and share love, and express love in the world was the number one lesson shared by our way shower, Jesus. 


From Matthew 22: 36 – 39  “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’”

And from 1st Corinthians 16:14 the reminder: “Let all that you do be done in love.”

Based on 1st Corinthians 13, here are some ways to show your love:

Be:

• Kind                • Patient
• Generous         • Humble
• Unassuming    • Gracious
• Friendly          • Caring
• Forgiving        • Honest
         • Compassionate

Say, February is also the shortest month of the year, so don’t waste any time.  Get started. Do something new this month.  Stretch yourself a bit.  Stay warm and warm up someone else’s day, by reaching out to say you care.  Show some love and respect for (each and) every one.

And, of course, there’s always chocolate.

In Peace, Joy, and Love,

Rev. Cindy