Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Song of Songs 30 Day Retreat: Day 12

10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Word of God with a prayerful heart.
By Susanne Timpani (Day 12)

The women of Jerusalem
What is your beloved more than another beloved,
    O fairest among women?
What is your beloved more than another beloved,
    that you thus adjure us?

10 My beloved is all radiant and ruddy,
    distinguished among ten thousand. SS 5:9-10

In the previous reflection, we read that the Beloved asked her friends to intercede for her in her quest to find her Lover. They now question her why He is so important.
Without hesitation, the Beloved describes all that is beautiful and good about Him.  In the hour of our deepest darkness, God's Word constantly exhorts us to turn our minds and hearts to praise.
11 “You are worthy, our Lord and God,
    to receive glory and honour and power, Rev 4:11

When we feel like we have lost our way in the darkness of life's struggle, is it worth putting in the effort to search for Him?
Jesus tells us that the Kingdom of God is worth everything we have.
45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls;46 on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it. Matthew 13: 45-46

Praise may be the vehicle to reconnect us with Jesus.

Read the scripture slowly.
Reflect on its meaning for you. 
Listen for God's voice in the stillness. 
Pray for God's blessing upon you.