I have found that there are two kinds of responses to Valentine’s Day. The responses are I imagine more based on personality style—there are the romantics and the pragmatists. There are those persons who are romantics and love showering their loved ones with gifts. Then there are those pragmatists who think that the whole day is really a rather ridiculous because you can tell your loved ones everyday that they are loved and you don’t need Hallmark to tell you that.
One year ago, I was sitting on the plane, returning home from one of the most mind-bending and faith-stretching experiences that I have ever had. I am coming back from my first Christian Medical and Dental Association/Global Health Outreach (www.cmda.org) trip to Managua, Nicaragua. The team was at the House of Hope (www.houseofhopenicaragua.org).
On a weekly basis, starting today, I will post a blog that speaks to the intersection of mental health and religion/spirituality. I have been a practicing pastoral counselor for more than thirty years, with dual masters degrees in social work and divinity (degree for preparation of ordained protestant ministry).