January 22, 2019 Daily Devotion

The reading for today is Song of Solomon 4:6 NRSV.

“Until the day breathes, and the shadows flee, I will hasten to the mountain of myrrh and the hill of frankincense. “

Here, in the Song of Solomon, we find ourselves in the ancient Jewish wedding festival. The groom is speaking words of beauty and commitment to his bride. He is loving his bride.

The Groom is Jesus Christ. The bride is the church (the community of believers). The marriage covenant is a proper way to understand the relationship Christ has with His bride, the church.

Reflect on this event …

In 1859 the great Presbyterian preacher James Henley Thornwell had the opportunity to announce the wedding of his daughter, Nancy. In the weeks leading up to this event, the hundreds traveling would end up at a funeral, not a wedding as she took ill from cholera typhoid and began a rapid demise. Thornwell, overcome, came to his daughter’s bedside in her waning moments and said, “Oh my dear daughter, such tragedy!” She replied, “Father, do not weep. I know my Savior.” He said, “But this was to be your wedding, your whole life now before you.” She, the youth, yet with greater maturity said, “Father, but I now go to a greater Groom that I am prepared to meet.” Nancy Witherspoon Thornwell was laid to rest in a wedding gown, and the tombstone reads: “As a bride prepared for her Groom.”

Today we rejoice. We are the bride … brought into a most loving, glorious, majestic, and intimate relationship with the Bridegroom, Jesus Christ. Our wedding gown is spotless. Our relationship is made pure by His blood, righteousness, and everlasting promise.

Living Lord of love, thank You for Your abundant blessing! We prepare and look forward to meeting you, our greater Groom, in the life hereafter. Amen.

Deborah Schroeder-Saulnier xlconsult@aol.com

Pray That – We will always be ready to meet our ”Greater Groom.”

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