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Joanna Depue "DJ/Deacon J" writes original songs and liturgies, does daily Farm office work and records Barbara's eMos on The Geranium Farm. A singer and dog trainer she utilizes healing touch in her private massage practice. PLEASE share YOUR original ideas for worship, special liturgies, prayers, songs, sermons and noteworthy blogs right here.
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Monday, August 27, 2018

e-Devotions from Bob Dannals

Monday, August 27

My beloved speaks and says to me: 'Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away ...' Song of Solomon 2:10

The "wedding songs/poems" in the Song of Solomon are intended as analogous to humanity's relationship to God. They are a series of "love notes" between a woman and her beloved. This particular text depicts a springtime environment during the mating season. Scripture often takes the feelings and passions in human relations and places them as allegory for divine love. We shouldn’t place too much emphasis on any literalism in these descriptions.

Challenge and Opportunity:

Very often we see our relationship with God as nothing more than another compartment of living ... that is, we call upon the Lord when in trouble or merely open our "drawer" of religion on Sunday, and we don't rely on God's love and guidance in all aspects of our life, every day. These notes from Song of Solomon underscore that our relationship with God is to be just that, a two-way daily encounter with the living Lord whereby we are strengthened by God's Spirit and guided and directed by grace. By its very nature, then, it fosters all of the expressions and emotions of human relationships.

Daily Devotionals - Based on RCL Proper 17, Year B:

Song of Solomon 2:8-13; Psalm 45:1-2, 7-10; James 1:17-27; Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23


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