Song of Solomon 2:8-13 – The voice of my beloved

Song of Solomon 2:8-13

8   The voice of my beloved!
Look, he comes,
leaping upon the mountains,
bounding over the hills.
9   My 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.
10  My beloved speaks and says to me:
“Arise, my love, my fair one,
and come away;
11  for now the winter is past,
the rain is over and gone.
12  The flowers appear on the earth;
the time of singing has come,
and the voice of the turtledove
is heard in our land.
13  The 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.”

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silence bringing your attention to the Breath.
  • Hear the voice of Christ that you know, the voice of the Beloved One.
  • Hear the voice calling to you, “Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.”
  • See the renewal of creation around you, the majesty of the mountains, the beauty of the flowers and the landscape
  • Hear the sweetness of the birds singing
  • Smell the fragrance of the vines.
  • Hear the voice calling to you, “Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.”
  • Where is Jesus taking you to savor time with him?
  • Sit and be with him.
  • What is your message from God?
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, July 9, 2017, the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)

Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67
Psalm 45:10-17
Song of Solomon 2:8-13
Romans 7:15-25a
Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings (c) 2017 The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD

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About Lil Smith

My simple life… is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I let God lead me. I have been married to Greg for 26 years and we have three wonderful children. My simple life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I let God take control. I followed God’s call to begin seminary at Perkins School of Theology in January 2006. I graduated in May 2011. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God’s call. I began the Degree in the Art of Spiritual Direction at San Francisco Theological Seminary in January 2009. I graduated in May 2011. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God's call. I was ordained in the Presbyterian Church USA and spent three amazing years in Pastoral Ministry at Highland Springs Senior Living in Dallas, TX. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God's call. My passion is the Christian Spiritual Life. As a spiritual director and retreat leader, I am so blessed to hear how God is at work in the world. How is God at work in your life?
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