I am a rose of Sharon,
a lily of the valleys.
2 Like a lily among thorns
is my darling among the young women.
This book in the Bible is interpreted either literally as a series of poems and songs shared between two people in love, or as an allegory for Christ and his people. I’ll let you decide for yourself which for you is more meaningful. Both choices have their place.
For today, however, consider those whom you love or have loved romantically. How did you feel? How did you feel loved and cherished? Did you see in the eyes of your beloved an image of yourself as more than how you felt before – more beautiful, more interesting, more worthy? Were you humbled by that person’s love given for you? Love is something to be cherished because love expands us, to think we could be considered more than we thought of ourselves before.
Whether your love is now or in the past or something to look forward in the future, praise God for the gift of love. We are blessed with the capacity to love and be loved. God loves us and we love God. God places those in our path whom we may love, and who will love us. Undeserved? Absolutely. A gift? Very much so.
Thank you, dear God, for all the people whom we may love, in whatever nuance of that word. Thank you for opening to us opportunities when we may love, for then we are acting the way you would. Help us reach out to those who are in special need of friendship, love and care, in the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.