A Prayer for Valentine's Day

Dear loving Father, thank you for Saint Valentines Day when we celebrate and share love. Thank you for that love goes deeper than romance and that, through Christ, all love grows deeper and stronger daily. I thank you today for the following people who have loved me unconditionally no matter what happens in my life (specify each one of them here and thank God).

Thank you for the special love of family members. Thank you for the elders in my family who have taught me how to love through thick and thin, even when the word “love” wasn’t specifically spoken out loud. Here is one special act of love they taught me that I want to pass on to others (specify the most memorable special act of love you remember in your life).

Thank you for the pure, open-hearted love of young children. Thank you for scribbled drawings, sticky hugs and wet kisses on the cheek. Here are the ways I would like to be more like a child in sharing love with others (specify how you plan to show innocent love to others around you).

I often need help in expressing love. I want to find the right words to say and also the right deeds, prayers, support and encouragement to share. May your Holy Spirit guide me to be part of your perfect timing in showing others I care at the very moment of their greatest need. Please bring to my mind one such divine deed as I listen for your guidance (remain calm praising God as you listen for His voice).

Teach me to love myself. Help me to do healthy, nurturing things for my physical, mental and spiritual well-being. Here is one issue I need your help with so I can better love and care for myself (specify your issue).

Sometimes I have a hard time loving everyone. Give me strength and grace to love the following people (specify the people whom you hate or dislike).

Thank you for hearing my prayer and empowering me today and forever with the great love of Jesus, who died for me and for all of his other beloved children here on earth. Jesus, I love you.

Amen.