The Dancing Puritan

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Pictures of Love

It is the season for romantic love. If you are married, such love is always in season. The word-pictures in Song of Solomon (SOS) are simple, fascinating, and beautiful. They tell a love-story. Consider four pictures from chapter two.

Flower. The lady in SOS sees herself as a flower, but a rather ordinary one. Her lover responds, "As a lily among brambles, so is my love among the young women."  Other women, in comparison to his flower, are mere brambles.

Apple Tree. There are a lot of trees in the forest but, in the eyes of the woman, there is only one apple tree. She finds delight in his shadow and enjoys his fruit.

Banner. Flying regally over the lady is a banner of love. She is loved, it is obvious to everyone. She is  is overwhelmed to the point of being "sick with love."

Voice. Over the mountains he leaps and bounds. All the way to her windows he runs. And then, he speaks. What a voice! What a vocabulary! What poetry falls from the lips of her man! "Arise my love, my beautiful one, and come away."

The couple is deeply in love and deeply committed to one another. She says, "My beloved is mine, and I am his . . ."

Now it is your turn.

1.  What are some of the distinctive qualities of your spouse?
2.  What banner is flying over your lover? Is it obvious that they are loved?
3.  How is your voice? Are you cultivating a vocabulary of love?

Think through SOS chapter two. Write a love letter to your spouse. After all, it is the season of love.