Occasionally, we will reprint prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on August 25, 2015.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, teach us to view your world with the same love that you view it! Amen.
Reading: Song of Solomon 2:8-13 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: God's creation is a wondrous thing! Go on your favorite hike, come to camp, see the creation outside your window, but too often we don't see past our blinders. We go about our days with our vision fixed on our own schedule and on our own families. We have our check lists to finish before we can do anything else or enjoy anything else.
Yet here is Solomon's song calling us back to love. Love like we might have known as a teenager so impassioned by love and desire that we can think of no other. Love like a parent for their child when they are born. Love like a child for their parent at the moment of their parent's death. That is how God views us, in love, in desire, and in all. As springtime is described in Song of Solomon, we can see God's love for creation and God's love for us. We are called to that same love for all. --Peter Horn
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