Well, if you’re listening when this episode drops, it’s Valentine’s Day.
Which may make you giddy with anticipation. Or maybe it just makes you roll your eyes and mutter under your breath something about Hallmark holidays and pressure to give gifts too soon after Christmas. Or maybe you don’t care to be reminded of your lack of a love interest right now. Or maybe you had an unfortunate experience with the holiday in the past, and you can’t wait for the whole thing to be over.
Teacher Melanie McCabe was right there with you once, but she found a way to turn the tables of Valentine trauma into a treat for the soul.
This great story and Nadia Bolz Weber’s take on the Beatitudes will inspire you to show compassion for those you encounter who really need–but often don’t receive–some blessing today.
Bolz Weber, Nadia. Blessed Are the Agnostics. The Corners, January 13, 2020.
McCabe, Melanie. I Was Bullied on Valentine’s Day as a Kid. Here’s How I Spread Kindness as a Teacher Now. Reader’s Digest Canada, https://www.readersdigest.ca/culture/teacher-bullied-valentines-day/
Matt. 5, 6, 7 (Sermon on the Mount)