I hear the South African accent of my Old Testament professor speaking these words of love to our class. He told us that the Song of Solomon was his favourite romantic poetry and that he spoke those words in proposing to his lovely wife. He taught us that this poetry was meant to be experienced as the love song between God and God’s people. So full of life and exuberance. Majestic in its images of the mountains and hills; strong and virile in the stag or gazelle, but delicate and hopeful as blossoms that come out of the dirt in the springtime.
Solomon’s song enlists all the senses to engage us in the way God loves. God calls us in the beauty of the word.
Open all our senses to find love in you, O God. Amen. — RS