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When kids begin third grade in my church, our congregation gives each child a Bible, embossed with his/her name. Sarah was so excited to get hers that as soon as she got home, she ran to her bedroom and started reading the passage from Sunday school that morning.
It seems that the teacher had left a few things out of the lesson, in order to make it rated G.
She stormed into the kitchen, waving the Bible at me.
“Mama, do you have any idea what they put in this thing? No wonder they make you wait ’til third grade before they let you have it!”
When I was a little, the Song of Solomon gave me a similar shock.
Did my parents know what they wrote in there?
All that steamy talk about breasts and thighs? A man at the door, when she’s already undressed?
It was perfect for a curious Baptist girl. I’d hide in my room and read it, and when Mom wanted to know what I was doing in there, I’d yell, “I’m reading the Bible, Mom.”
Over the years I’ve read it again and again, sometimes to appreciate and soak up the passion that God has for His people, Christ for His church. And sometimes to snicker over the lines like the title of this post, and the verse that follows.
“Your teeth are as white as sheep that have just been shorn and washed. Not one of them is missing; they are all perfectly matched.”
Try that pick up line next time at the gym.
A few weeks ago, I was started my writing day as usual, listening to Garrison Keillor’s lovely voice reading me The Writer’s Almanac, when the poem for the day caught my attention.
Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, and come with me. See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth;the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land. The fig tree forms its early fruit; the blossoming vines spread their fragrance. Arise, come, my darling; my beautiful one, come with me.
My dove in the clefts of the rock, in the hiding places on the mountainside, show me your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely.
Song of Solomon 2:10-14
It took my breath away.
I can hardly stand the beauty of the promise, that every morning when I open my eyes, God is there, running to me, pursuing me.
Saying to me that yesterday is gone and everything is new again, and lush.
He calls to me as I plunge into the busyness of my day, asking me to show Him my face, to speak to Him, telling me how beautiful I am.
I just love that. I think I might have to print that out and tape it to my mirror.
It’d be great to read daily, but especially on days when my hair isn’t dancing like a flock of goats.
Have a wonderful Wednesday, y’all!
Before you skip on out of here, like gazelles, racing down the mountain, be sure to say hello!
Any Song of Solomon thoughts?