Saturday, 23 January 2016

Song of Songs 30 Day Retreat: Day 23

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

Set me as a seal upon your heart,
    as a seal upon your arm; SS 8:6

During the 1994 holocaust in Rwanda, Immaculee Ilibagiza hid in a tiny bathroom with nine other women for three months. In her story, 'Left to Tell,' she not only recalls the horrific events, but describes the sustaining impact of her faith. 

Although barely able to move from lack of space, or speak for fear of discovery, her spiritual life flourished.

We who are marked with the seal of Christ have a sustaining force that no prison can ever crush. The Beloved wants to bear the seal, or personal watermark, of her Lover, and requests the same from Him. Once the seal is set, it cannot be removed.

This depth of union between ourselves and God is exactly what Jesus prayed for.

26 I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”

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.