Thursday, August 5

Tuesday’s Temptation: Seeing what you want to see

Again, I'm going to share my daily journal practice.  It is biblical in nature but often the questions are generalizable.  I have been reading and contemplating scripture through the lens of leadership.  I have moved into Song of Songs, often described as a love poem from Solomon to one of his wives. But, I think that is the temptation, we see in Song of Songs, what we want to see.

As this is the last page of journaling Song of Songs, I'm contemplating what will be next. Do you have any ideas? Where should I take my quest?

Seal of Peace by Terri Stewart

Grape clusters swelling
Henna buds blossoming
The ripeness of peace

Song of Songs 7-8
Revealed today is the "ethnicity" of the woman being loved. She is a Shulammite. Sticking with Solomon being the man, translating the meaning of these two names...Shulammite and Solomon...they both mean PEACE. If we go with the idea that this is a metaphor of the love affair between God and the people, presumably the Israelites of Jerusalem, knowing the meaning of Jerusalem is also helpful. Jeru-salem mean City of Peace. Although Song of Songs is a love affair, it is about creating peace. Perhaps the road to peace is through deep and abiding love.

For leaders, this may mean that we have to know our values, our values need to be grounded in a deep love and connection to all within the cosmos, and that we need to act out of those values never forgetting who we are. Connecting. Loving. Peace. (Peace-ing?)

My prayer for you:  That you will connect with the greater good, find love, and act out of a peaceful heart.



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