I could not help but think as I read this from Song of Songs at Morning Prayer on Christmas day how appropriate it was! God has come near to us, has become Emmanuel – “God is with us”.
May this be a blessing to those of us who take the time (an hour or less per day for Morning and Evening Prayer) to hear God’s heart. After all, he came to us in love. How could we not respond in kind?!
2:10 My beloved speaks and says to me:
“Arise, my love, my beautiful one,
and come away,
11 for behold, 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 ripens its figs,
and the vines are in blossom;
they give forth fragrance.
Arise, my love, my beautiful one,
and come away.
14 O my dove, in the clefts of the rock,
in the crannies of the cliff,
let me see your face,
let me hear your voice,
for your voice is sweet,
and your face is lovely.
15 Catch the foxes for us,
the little foxes
that spoil the vineyards,
for our vineyards are in blossom.”