Sunday, 24 January 2016

Song of Songs 30 Day Retreat: Day 24

10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Word of God with a prayerful heart.
By Susanne Timpani (Day 24)

Beloved:
For love is strong as death SS 8:6


I worked in the Mary Potter Hospice in my first position as a Registered Nurse. Initially I felt disconcerted by patients who appeared to 'choose' to die just as their loved one left the room.

I had the honour of holding their hand as they slipped away. I felt like I had somehow cheated the relative of that opportunity.

One of the Sisters pointed out that sometimes patients hang on to life to protect the people they love. When they are left on their own, they can finally let go. That is the power of love.

Even so, the strongest of human love will eventually be overcome by death.
What the great Lover offers us is a love that death has no power over whatsoever.

His love brings us to eternal life.

In 1 Corinthians 15:55 Paul quotes this magnificent verse from Hosea 13:14: 

55 “Where, O death, is your victory?
    Where, O death, is your sting?”

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.