Saturday, 30 January 2016

Song of Songs 30 Day Retreat: Day 30

10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Word of God with a prayerful heart.
By Susanne Timpani (Day 30)

Come away, my beloved,
    and be like a gazelle
or like a young stag
    on the spice-laden mountains. SS 8:14

Near the beginning of the Song, the Beloved describes her Lover as a gazelle or a young stag. Unfortunately, in the next breath, she tells Him to turn away and to come back in the morning. (SS 2:17)

We wondered if she felt inadequate to establish a relationship with a King and that perhaps she needed more time to think about it.

In this final scene of the Song, the Beloved is quite clear about her feelings. Come away my Lover is very different than go away!

We can imagine the Beloved and Lover clasping each other's hands and fleeing to their new life across the mountains.

New beginnings are offered to us every moment by our Lover. Let's grab hold of the opportunity and allow the Lord to lead us into a life infinetly more deeper and richer than we can ever ask or imagine.

I would like to close this Retreat with Paul's prayer for the Ephesians:

14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 
15 from whom every family[a] in heaven and on earth derives its name.
 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 
17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 
18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 
19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,
 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:14-20

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.

*Please continue for one more day for a brief prologue.