Monday, 25 January 2016

Song of Songs 30 Day Retreat: Day 25

10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Word of God with a prayerful heart.
By Susanne Timpani (Day 25)

for love is strong as death,
    jealousy is cruel as the grave.
Its flashes are flashes of fire,
    a most vehement flame. SS 8:6

Twenty two years ago we had a house fire that destroyed a portion of our home and left the rest smoke damaged. To this day I pick up the odd belonging and smell the smoke. Fire has the power to destroy all that is valuable within seconds.

In the height of summer, all Australians are urged to heed fire danger warnings. A single spark can instigate a blaze that wreaks havoc for everything and everyone in its path.

Nothing and no one can survive a fire without bearing the charred scars. Victims mark their life with 'before and after' the fire. Properties require rebuilding, and land replanting.

Fire also results in regrowth.

The Beloved declares that love is even stronger than fire. God's love has the power to bring regrowth into devastated areas of our life, our relationships and our hearts.

Nothing can separate us from the Love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39)

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.