Stroll for Your Soul Day 8
An online resource adapted and used with permission from prayerbanch.ca
Love is in the Air
Love is in the air.
Nothing says spring like the Song of Solomon, also known as the Song of Songs.
“Winter is past,
the rain has stopped;
flowers cover the earth,
it’s time to sing.
The cooing of doves
is heard in our land.
Fig trees are bearing fruit,
while blossoms on grapevines
fill the air with perfume.
My darling, I love you!
Let’s go away together.” - Song of Solomon 2:11-13 (CEV)
The signs of spring are interwoven with the lushness of the newly in love.
Weather with You
“Lo, the winter is past.”
Look out the window, or begin your stroll by looking for the hopeful signs of that spring is well on the way.
See the blossoms in flower.
Hear the birds busy nesting.
If you are in Stratford, notice the ducklings and goslings.
Feel the the sun warm upon your face.
And as you become aware, allow gratitude to flower in you.
Now, turn your attention again to the words of the ancient love song from Solomon. It is indeed an erotic celebration of human love. Embrace this.
It is also an ancient love song where Wisdom offers seekers physical and spiritual intimacy so that we might awaken — and open ourselves to the divine Presence.
Modern mystic Cynthia Bourgeault writes of her childhood experience of the silence of Quaker prayer:
“And in that silence, as I gazed up at the sunlight sparkling through those high upper windows, or followed a secret tug drawing me down into my own heart, I began to know a prayer much deeper than “talking to God.” Somewhere in those depths of silence I came upon my first experiences of God as a loving presence that was always near, and prayer as a simple trust in that presence.” - from Centering Prayer & Inner Awakening.
Be aware of how today’s weather may evoke God’s loving presence for you.
Here is a sung version by Celtic Thunder.
A weather blessing from CelticThunder
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