Winter is over, the rains are gone,
the flowers are blooming.
It’s time for singing; let’s walk out through the
Valleys and listen to the song of the dove.
(Song of Songs 2:11-12, Inclusive Bible Version)
In a world of greeting cards and heart-shaped emojis, it can be easy to forget that love is a complex part of our lives.
More than just a symbol, love is a deep emotion.
More than just an emotion, love is a commitment.
More than just a commitment, love is an action.
When scripture speaks of love, scripture refers to love in all of its complexity. And this complex part of our lives takes both courage and wisdom.
Reading the Song of Songs brings the beauty and poetry of love front and center, but even there love is active and engaged—seeking the lost, and bringing hope out of despair with its promise of being a life-force even stronger than death.
Love like this allows us to put hands and feet to our faith—to “do the word”—as James would say. But doing the word is more than just doing “good deeds.” “Doing the word” is giving generously, being slow to anger, but quick to offer forgiveness, and it is caring for widows and orphans.
Such love is courageous indeed—transformative even—for when love leads our lives and guides our leaders, love can change the world.
~Adapted from Mary Scifres Ministries