Today’s Readings: Song of Songs 2 & Acts 17:16-34
If you read Peter’s FDR on Saturday, you would have read a simple but effective 4 point summary that also provides a timeless framework for relationships today. Thanks Peter.
It’s also in the book of Ecclesiastes we are reminded, ‘There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to ….’ Ecc 3:1
And as we read in chapter 2 of Song of Songs, we read of a relationship that is awakening a new love, and in this, we too are reminded of God’s timeliness with his creation:
‘Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you by the gazelles and by the does of the field; do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires.’ Vs 7
For in God’s good order of creation, so too is his perfect timing, as opposed to the individualistic period of time we find ourselves in which so often shouts a message that’s more about personal gratification, rather other person centred.
And as the passage unfolds with references to fragrant flowers blossoming, abundant fruit trees and fields with animals, one can’t help but think of the new life and freshness that explodes at spring time. It’s not surprising that the images of spring are so often associated with love ….
But amongst the beauty of new love, and the same can be said for those who have been married for some time, the writer reminds us to be on the lookout for those things that can taint and even destroy a relationship.
‘Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom.’ 2:15
The poetry of Song of Songs certainly doesn’t fit with the sweet words of love I would want to hear whispered or spoken, but the depth of passion and personal commitment can’t be denied. Putting the language aside, this very explicit book about love; the physical and the emotional, reminds us that we worship a God who has given us this very precious gift of love in relationship, which we need to guard and protect at all costs.
Heavenly Father, guard my heart and protect the thoughts of my mind each day, so I too will hold precious the gift of relationship. Give me a language of love that speaks openly and with freshness to those I hold dear.