A Love connection!
Scripture reading for July 16th: Song of Songs 1-8
I first met my wife-to-be at a state science fair in Iowa. Two years later, we both enrolled at Iowa State University. We had classes in the chemistry building and seemed to run into each other frequently there. (I am sure she plotted it that way!) The summer before we got married, I went to basic training at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. Being apart was hard but her letters, sometimes laced with perfume, kept love growing! We have been married for 46 years!
The Song of Songs is a love poem said to be the greatest of many songs that Solomon composed. “Pleasing is the fragrance of your perfumes; your name is like perfume poured out.” (Song of Songs 1:3) Perfumes have a fragrance that can bring pleasant sensations and arouse passions. “While the king was at his table, my perfume spread its fragrance. My lover is to me a sachet of myrrh resting between my breasts.” (Song of Songs 1:12) The beloved wife used her perfume to entice her husband at dinner. Her vision of him was one of pleasant and close intimacy! “He has taken me into His banquet hall, and His banner over me is love.” (Song of Songs 2:)4
“I slept but my heart was awake. Listen! My lover is knocking: Open to me, my sister, my darling, my dove, my flawless one.” (Song of Songs 5:2a) The beloved wife had failed to respond to the knock and call for intimacy. She heard the call, but her own comfort was more important. She delayed responding until she smelled the fragrance of myrrh on the door latch. “I opened for my lover, but my lover had left. He was gone. My heart sank at his departure. I looked for him but did not find him. I called him but he did not answer.” (Song of Songs 5:6)
The love story ends with a call to intimacy. “Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame. Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it away.” (Song of Songs 8:6-7) “Let me hear your voice”. . . “Come away, my lover. . .” (Song of Songs 8:13-14) Listen closely, Jesus is calling!