The scripture for today is Song of Solomon 7:10 - 8:4.
10 I belong to my beloved, and his desire is for me.
11 Come, my beloved, let us go to the countryside,
let us spend the night in the villages.
12 Let us go early to the vineyards
to see if the vines have budded,
if their blossoms have opened,
and if the pomegranates are in bloom—
there I will give you my love.
13 The mandrakes send out their fragrance,
and at our door is every delicacy, both new and old,
that I have stored up for you, my beloved.
1 If only you were to me like a brother,
who was nursed at my mother’s breasts!
Then, if I found you outside, I would kiss you,
and no one would despise me.
2 I would lead you
and bring you to my mother’s house—
she who has taught me.
I would give you spiced wine to drink,
the nectar of my pomegranates.
3 His left arm is under my head
and his right arm embraces me.
4 Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you:
Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires.
There is something about the first time you fall in love with someone that sticks with you. Be it a high school sweetheart, or a seminary classmate, the first time you fall in love with someone is special and is forever ingrained in your heart and mind. I remember when I was in high school, and was smitten with a young lady, and I had wanted to send her a sweet note of how I felt about her. And I was looking for advice, and the intern we had at my home congregation had recommended I read Song of Solomon (or Song of Songs).
But that’s in the Bible!? The Bible doesn’t have anything poetic about love – the Bible isn’t romantic! Is it?
Solomon lays it all out in these verses. While, in a “proper” sense, these verses may feel inappropriate and/or too romantic and sensual, I am reminded that love, and romance, are all parts of who we are as humans. God created passion and romance and it is a blessing to feel those emotions! Isn’t that why we are all here? God is just as present in this expression of love for a partner, for a spouse, as God is present in different types of love – love for our family and for our children, and for our love of neighbor. Celebrate love as we move into Fall. This can be hard, if we have been hurt or if we have lost the one we love. Even so, we can give thanks for the love others have for each other, and we can recall how we felt, and in that give thanks to God for having had those experiences in our lives.
O God, we give you thanks for the love in our life. We pray for healing for those who have bene hurt by love, and for those who have lost their life’s love. Bless those who are in love, that they may encourage one another and walk in the will of your way. Amen.
Louis Moehlman Louis@livinglord.org
Prayer Concern: For those who are in love and for those who have loved and lost.