Song of Solomon 2:8-13
The voice of my beloved! Look, he comes, leaping upon the mountains, bounding over the hills. My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag. Look, there he stands behind our wall, gazing in at the windows, looking through the lattice. My beloved speaks and says to me: “Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away; for now the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. The fig tree puts forth its figs, and the vines are in blossom; they give forth fragrance. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.
Food for Thought:
The Song of Songs, also known as the Song of Solomon and the Canticle of Canticles, has long puzzled readers because its themes seem to have nothing to do with the religious concerns of the rest of the Bible. The writer of the Song of Solomon uses the image of romantic love to describe the relationship between God and God’s followers. Parts of the book of Solomon will make you blush. If you had to write down a list of what you love about another person, would that list be similar to the list that you would create about God? Forgiveness, Faithfulness, etc.
Loving God, you are the source of beauty and depth of passion. Strengthen and inspire us to do the word we hear and live the faith that we confess. In your precious name we pray, Amen.