Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Song of Songs 30 Day Retreat: Day 5

10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read God's Word with a prayerful heart.
By Susanne Timpani (Retreat Day 5 of 30)
Day 5
  
Beloved
Let him lead me to the banquet hall,
    
and let his banner over me be loveSS 2:4



In ballroom dancing one partner leads, and the other follows. The dancers are elegant and a delight to watch. If one refuses to be led, the pair end up stepping on each other's toes, and the dance can appear clumsy.

Unlike other verses, today's reading shows the Beloved allowing herself to be led into the banqueting hall. Not only did her Lover extend an invitation, He had prepared an atmosphere of celebration in her honour.

The Lover showered her with love, expressed through food, music, dancing, waving of ribbons or banners, and surrounded by family and friends.

Prayer can be a time to experience great joy and blessings. Some Christians listen to or play Praise and Worship music, some recite the Psalms or reflect on other uplifting verses from the bible. Others sit quietly, gazing on a candle or listening to the wind, the crash of waves or to birds calling to each other.

However you enter the presence of the living God, remember to allow Him to lead. An abundance of blessings awaits us.

Let him lead me to the banquet hall,
    
and let his banner over me be loveSS 2:4

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.