Author Lance Wubbels wrote, “Each and every day is a brand new journey and a bright future starts today. Why wait another hour to start loving and enjoying life?” Each day brings with it new challenges and decisions. Valentine’s Day is no different. For many, it’s a day of joy. For some, preparation for this day can bring a lot of stress trying to decide what to give that special person in your life. Of course, retailers are always happy to help, devising new and innovative ways to entice you to purchase what they’re selling to give as a gift on Valentine’s Day.
The image of Cupid on many products is always a big seller. He is often depicted majestically flying through the skies. We find his image displayed on boxes of candy, teddy bears, cards, vases of roses, and just about every imaginable object during this special time. So, where did the idea of Cupid begin? In mythology, he is viewed as the god of love, the son of Venus, often portrayed as a winged, blind-folded boy armed with armed with a bow and arrow.
The great songwriter and composer Sam Cooke wrote many love songs, but the 1961 tune entitled “Cupid” captured the heart and imagination of many. In the song, he penned these lyrics:
“Cupid draw back your bow and let your arrow flow. Straight to my lover’s heart for me. Nobody but me. Cupid please hear my cry and let your arrow fly. Straight to my lover’s heart for me. I don’t want to bother you but I’m in distress. There’s danger of me losing all my happiness. I love a woman who doesn’t know I exist. And this you can fix. Please let your arrow fly and make a love song for me, I promise to love her for eternity.”
As noted in this song, Cupid is depicted as someone who could make Valentine’s Day special. With this day ahead of us, be sure to create a loving atmosphere for your partner, child, or anyone that you want to ensure knows your love and compassion for them whether it be through gifts or words.
Stay tuned for Part 2 in this series, in next week’s post.
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By Chaplain Ghosten