God Loves Our Bodies

Jeff Munroe

Read: Song of Solomon 4:1-16 You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you. (v. 7) God loves our bodies. We tend to despise them. We can immediately list our physical faults: hair doesn’t grow where it is supposed to yet grows where it isn’t supposed to, we are too fat, we are too skinny, our legs …

Royal Wedding

Jeff Munroe

Read: Song of Solomon 3:6-11 Look upon King Solomon. (v. 11) As noted earlier, no one knows for sure if the Song of Solomon was written by Solomon or is simply “Solomonesque.” In today’s passage, it’s not clear if this is actually the procession of one of Solomon’s many royal weddings, or if Solomon is referred to because he would …

Seeking What Is Hidden

Jeff Munroe

Read: Song of Solomon 3:1-5 I sought him, but found him not. (v. 1) “Very few people come to see me because they want to discuss something God said to them last night. The majority come because they cannot get God to say anything at all” (p. 51). With these words in her book When God is Silent, Episcopal priest …

A Song of Springtime Renewal

Jeff Munroe

Read: Song of Solomon 2:8-17 For behold, the winter is past. (v. 11) The content of the Song of Solomon is delivered in a unique way. Unlike any other book of the Bible, all of the words come out of the mouths of the characters. In that way, it is like a play, and the English Standard Version adds subheads …

Our Sacred Desire for Union

Jeff Munroe

Read: Song of Solomon 2:1-7 His banner over me was love. (v. 4) Sexuality and spirituality come from the same place within us. In his book The Holy Longing, Roman Catholic scholar Ronald Rolheiser writes, “Sexuality lies at the center of the spiritual life . . . Sexuality is such a powerful fire that it is not always easy to …