Monday, 18 January 2016

Song of Songs 30 Day Retreat: Day 18

10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Word of God with a prayerful heart.
By Susanne Timpani (Day 18)

 Your hair is like royal tapestry;
    the king is held captive by its tresses. Song of Songs 7:5

I met a woman once who created an exquisite work of tapestry for each of her friends for their 30th birthday. There are two sides to a work of tapestry. Presented in a frame, her friends saw only the perfect piece.

In using the metaphor of tapestry, the King acknowledges not only the beauty of His Beloved's hair, but also the care, time and effort she put into its style.

Hard work goes on behind the scenes to create a successful outcome in any situation. To have that dedication acknowledged spurs us on.

Our spiritual life is no different, and we have a God who acknowledges and encourages us to grow in maturity until the end.

Read and reflect on this magnificent declaration St Paul makes as he nears the end of his life.

6 As for me, I am already being poured out as a libation, and the time of my departure has come. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 From now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have longed for his appearing. 2 Timothy 4:6-8

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.