Friday, 1 January 2016

Song of Songs 30 Day Retreat: Day 1

The Song of Songs which is Solomon's Song. SS 1:1

It is not possible to include every verse within a 30 Day Retreat. If you look up the Song of Songs in the Old Testament of the bible, I am certain you will find a beautiful poem worthy of reflection.

King Solomon composed and collected thousands of songs and poems. He named his favourite piece the 'Song of Songs'. The poem is also known as the Song of Solomon. Whether he wrote it or commissioned a writer is unclear. Either way, scholars commonly believe that the Song of Songs describes Solomon's relationship with one of his wives. 

A working class girl, the Beloved appears to lack the commitment or ability to respond equally to her prestigious Lover.

A number of theologians believe that the Song also describes the love between ourselves and God. The unfolding of the story reflects our own ambivalent relationship with Him. Like any love story, the writer includes obstacles and resolutions, holding the reader's attention until the conclusion. Therefore, it is a story of hope. 

Despite the poverty of our love, the Lover's commitment to win us over provides the grace we need to become truly one with Him.

It is the story of the Gospel. When read with the eyes of Faith, the reader grasps the message of God's unfailing love for us.

This 30 Day Retreat reflects on the ebb and flow of our relationship with Jesus, and His steadfast love for us. In it, we become the Beloved, and He, the Lover.

This is a journey of prayer. Whether we consider our relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ as mature, budding or even non-existent, we have a God who desires to reveal Himself more deeply to us. 

To participate in  this 30 Day Retreat, we are exhorted to sit in God's presence for at least 10 Minutes per day. 

Read the scripture slowly.
Reflect on its meaning for you. 
Listen for God's voice in the stillness. 
Pray, and know that the Father rejoices in our desire to know and love Him.  

 It [Love] burns like blazing fire,
    like a mighty flame.[b]SS 8:6