June 30 – July 6, 2020

WORD

8The voice of my beloved! Look, he comes, leaping upon the mountains, bounding over the hills. 9My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag. Look, there he stands behind our wall, gazing in at the windows, looking through the lattice. 10My beloved speaks and says to me: “Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away; 11for now the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. 12The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. 13The fig tree puts forth its figs, and the vines are in blossom; they give forth fragrance. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.”

Song of Solomon 2:8-13

Explore:

  • What does this Scripture say about God?
  • What does this Scripture say about life?
  • What am I hearing in this Scripture?
  • What am I going to do with this Scripture?
  • Want to explore Scripture more deeply?  Then check out our Exploring Scripture page! 

Daily Scripture:

When the people of God read Scripture together, then they can hear the voice of God and catch the vision of God’s kingdom together.  Consider joining us in this daily Bible reading plan – a plan that allows us to slowly and intentionally hear the voice of God in Scripture together.

Tuesday, June 30 – Psalm 150
Wednesday, July 1 – Luke 1:1-25
Thursday, July 2 – Luke 1:26-38
Friday, July 3 – Luke 1:39-56
Saturday, July 4 – Luke 1:57-80
Sunday, July 5 – Luke 2:1-7
Monday, July 6 – Luke 2:8-20

Table Talk:

Use these conversation starters to talk about life and God with your kids, spouse, or friends during the week!  A great place to do this is at the dinner table.  There’s one prompt for each day of the week!

Tuesday: Read the Scripture passage together.

Wednesday: How does it make you feel to know that God loves you?

Thursday: I feel loved when…

Friday: I show love to others by…

Saturday: What would the world look like without love?

Sunday: Why is God’s love so important?

Monday: What have you heard from God over the past week?

 

SPIRIT

Sacred Reading:

This practice allows you to listen to the Scripture for the week and to open yourself up to God’s voice in that Scripture.

 

  • Click on the audio link above and listen to the Scripture.  As you listen this first time, ask God to point out to you a word or phrase from the Scripture.
  • Click on the audio link above again and listen to the Scripture a second time.  As you listen this second time, ask God to reveal to you the holy intentions for this word or phrase that is being spoken into your life.
  • Click on the audio link above again and listen to the Scripture a third time.  As you listen this third time, ask God how you might respond to this word or phrase being spoken into your life today.

Meditation: 

 

Look at the image above.  What do you think of when you see a heart or hear the word love?  There are many types of love: romantic and intimate love between a husband and wife, the love of respect between friends, the love for people and activities that you like with a great deal of affinity and enjoyment, and – of course – the self-giving love of God.  The Greek language, in which our New Testament was originally written, had different words for all of these kinds of love.  We really only have one word for love in the English language, even though each of the loves described above has a different focus, feel, and emotions associated with them.  What does love mean to you?  How have you experienced love most profoundly in your life?

The Song of Solomon is a celebration of romantic love – a love that has its source in God and God’s intentions for man and woman to be united in a lifelong covenant of mutual sharing and intimacy.  Romantic, sexual love is a good gift of God when experienced within the healthy boundaries God has established for us.  At times, we might be tempted to blush when we read this book of the Bible and might even be amused by some of the metaphors and romantic language that either seem outdated or are lost in cultural translation.  Overall, though, this book is a celebration of the goodness of love.  And though it deals specifically with romantic love, it serves also as a metaphor of God’s holy love for us.  How do you feel about this connection between passionate, romantic love and the holy love of God?  In what ways are they similar to one another?  Maybe it is a connection you have not thought of before, but throughout Scripture God appeals to this metaphor of lover and beloved when relating to his people Israel and to the Church.

God’s love for you is not a love of compulsive obligation, but a free and passionate love that God delights in.  Think about that – God delights in you!  Sit for a moment in silence and let that truth take root in your heart and mind.  In what ways does God take delight in you?  In what ways do you take delight in God?  No one has ever loved you like God loves you.  And God’s love for you will never end.  Remember these words of Paul from Romans 8:38-39 and meditate on them for a moment: I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Hear the voice of your beloved today and be filled with joy.

Spiritual Practice: Sharing Love

God has loved us so deeply that we can be transformed into people of true, self-giving love.  Express your love for someone this week.  Perhaps it is a friend who needs a reminder of their belovedness and value.  Maybe it is your spouse who needs to know how cherished and treasured they are.  Or God might be leading you to share the holy love of Jesus Christ with a stranger.  However God is calling you to actively show love to someone, follow the prompting of the Holy Spirit and demonstrate the grace, mercy, and kindness that are indicative of truly godly love.

Breath Prayer: LORD God, teach us to love.

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