Monday, July 21, 2014

Song of Songs 1-4

Today we read Song of Songs 1-4.  This book of the Bible, written by Solomon, is saturated with sensual imagery and very intimate conversation.  It's full of  love dialogue between a simple Shulammite woman and her lover, King Solomon as their relationship develops and becomes a marriage.  Let's just be real and honest.  God's Word, in this case, is full of sexual content.

Yep.  I said it.  You read it right.  Sex and the Bible.

It's a bit awkward, you know?  

Though beautiful, these moments between this man and this woman are very private and intimate moments.  I feel like I am a bystander who is in the middle of TMI (too much information).  

And yet, here it is in black in white for all to read, part of God's Living and Holy Word.

God must think intimacy and sex are important.

I want to focus on two verses today...

You are altogether beautiful, my darling;
  there is no flaw in you.

You are a garden locked up, my sister, my bride;
  you are a spring enclosed, a sealed fountain.

God doesn't make mistakes.  He doesn't make flawed creations.  He creates each of us in His image and pours His purpose into our inner most being.  He brings us together as part of His perfect love and bigger plan for our lives.

As Solomon talks about his bride, I am reminded of the sanctity of marriage.

It's a breath of fresh air in our current culture.

Marriage and the intimacy that comes with it is a gift.  

I think it's something God wants us to appreciate and celebrate.  

And the truth is, in the busyness of life, it's way too easy to take it all for granted.

We all need a gentle reminder to reignite the spark in our relationship, to keep the flame burning every now and then.  

So even though the reading was a bit awkward today, I am thankful for Solomon's words.

Love dialogue is important to a marriage.

A prayer for today-  

Dear God,

Thank You for the gift of marriage.  Thank You for bringing ____________________ into my life.

I pray for our relationship.  Forgive us for all the ways we take each other for granted in the busyness of our days.  

Lord, guide us as we try to keep our relationship strong, close, intimate, exciting, overflowing with love, and open to You.

Help us celebrate each other in new ways, with thanksgiving.  Fill us with Your Spirit and the fullness of Your love. 

I pray that our marriage will be a reflection of the power of Your love for our children.  

In Jesus' name I pray,

In Christ's love,
For more on everyday faith and marriage, check out the post, Marriage Isn't For You? Me Either.

*This post is part of A Mind-Maker-Upper's Everyday Reading Project.  Click here to read more.


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