A week from today is the Day of Love – Valentine’s Day. And instead of getting all dolled up in pink and red to promote the holiday, I’m dressing in style that speaks. Spread the L O V E with Darling this Valentine’s Day by shopping during a special fundraiser event benefitting the International Rescue Committee right here in Charlottesville.
“Love one another, as I have loved you.” John 13:34
A few weeks ago, in the middle of January, I was thinking about Valentine’s Day, and what I wanted to plan for the shop – A sale? A special pop up event? Some sort of collaboration? What about a fundraiser for a local charity? Immediately, the IRC came to mind. Before the recent travel ban, before the polarizing debates about how we should treat other human beings, my heart knew where the love needed to go. And I’m honored to be able to spread love in this community through my little shop.
Love One Another
Who is my neighbor? Are we not called to love? What does the Bible say about how we should treat the foreigner, the stranger, the refugee?
Last year, the Syrian refugee crisis ravaged the Middle East, the world, and my heart – and it is ongoing. In the past year, I’ve prayed with the wordless groans of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:26) about the refugees of the world – so many displaced right here in our city. I have felt helpless and weak, but the intercession of God’s heart for His people has been steadfast in my spirit.
This is not a political statement. This is not a vein attempt at publicity. This is hope. This is a step out in to today’s world, in to our very present time of need, walking on the simple, timeless wisdom of the Bible. I will love my neighbors, I will help those in need and defend the powerless. Let’s combat the fear with a whole lot of love. For there is no darkness in light, no fear in love. Let’s rise up, brothers and sisters. Let’s reach out.
Style that Speaks: Love
Last Fall, the safety pin became a symbol of inclusivity, of support and protection for the vulnerable, the powerless. It showed compassion and hope. When this safety pin pattern French Connection dress came in to the shop, I immediately thought of that message, that hope, and had already begun plans for this fundraiser. I love that the pattern on the dress is a string of safety pins joined together – united. I knew it was the perfect way to demonstrate style that speaks. I made a sign and hit the Downtown Mall, ready to start spreading the love.
It’s a challenge, a daily prayer to see beyond oneself, to see others with a heart of love, not of fear, and to serve others humbly and justly. I pray that you’ll join me in this daily effort to love more, and speak louder – with your actions, your words, your signs, your clothes – you name it. Love is the movement. Love is a verb.
On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Theory leather jacket, M, $250 / French Connection shirt dress, 6, $58 / Hush Puppies velvet loafers, 9, $20 // Locally made pieces: Kitsune’s Closet Lilac Grey nail polish, $7.50 // Frye Sabrina boot, Linnea’s own