Traditionally the month of February is all things red and pink and hearts. And don’t get me wrong; dreamy fairytale stories, romance and happy endings should always be celebrated in our lives! But love is so much more than just a nice feeling. It’s a daily choice and it always involves some sort of action; the sort of action that is usually selfless and done for someone else. When I was growing up, there was a wise saying that I got to know very well (by virtue of the fact that it was displayed as pretty embroidered words in a frame in our house): “Love isn’t love ’til you give it away”. How true it is that love is best expressed (and received) through actions.
Love is a powerful force. We may have heard the “Love never fails” (1 Corinthians 13) passage one too many times at a wedding, so that the words are close to losing their profundity. It’s quite something to defiantly declare; that Love. Never. Fails. But it’s true! Another trip back to my childhood makes me recall the Aesop’s fable of the Sun and the Wind’s competition to prove which one had the greater strength to rid a man of his jacket. The Wind was certain that if he blew with all his blustery might he could remove the man’s coat. However the more he blew, the more the man held tightly on to his jacket. It was undoubtedly the Sun who, with his warm, relentless glow successfully prompted the man to take off his jacket. The moral of the story? Love (warm & embracing) always wins. Here’s another ancient wise saying to back this up: “Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers over all wrongs.” (The Book of Proverbs 10:12)
LOVE. A seal that heals. LOVE. An absence of fear. LOVE. A freedom that knows no limits. LOVE. That which cannot be quenched.
So what gives LOVE such a profound, pre-eminent place in our lives? What gives it the power to occupy our thoughts and our hearts? What makes us crave and long for more? The truth is this: we love because we were loved first. Loved with a LOVE so high, deep, wide and long that it surpasses all knowledge. Loved by a LOVE which cannot be measured. And as we receive this Love (sometimes without even realising it), we can’t help but bubble over and share it with others.
I think the bottom line is this: if we dig down deep to uncover the wellspring of life that exists within each one of us; we won’t be able to stop ourselves from sharing the life-giving love it offers.
And if we each just do our part to look after each other, then at the end of the day, we’ll all be looked after.
This Valentine/Love month, we ‘re sharing our love by supporting & celebrating an amazing bunch of local entrepreneurs (as introduced to you through the EDEN Gift Range last year). We are so proud to showcase more of their beautifully hand-crafted products, and pair these together with some of our decadent, delicious fudge offerings!
Also, a portion of the proceeds from all our Valentine Gifts will go directly to the Life Child Hope 2020 Campaign as we continue to support the valuable work Life Child is doing among orphan and vulnerable children in our country.
We have gifts that will suit any budget or occasion: whether you choose to gift/bless a loved one, a colleague or someone in need of cheering up; or you simply want to support the communities that are represented by the handiwork of the products on sale. Many of the gift options allow you to choose a design for the accompanying card. You can view these cards here, and you will notice that the designs lend themselves to love, not only in the form of romance but also in friendship & encouragement.
Follow the links below to the various gift sections in our online shop:
If you would like your order to be delivered/collected before Valentine’s Day, please take note of the following closing order dates:
For National Deliveries (outside of Cape Town): Friday 5th February
For Cape Town Deliveries/Collections: Tuesday 9th February