Scripture: Song of Sol. 2:8–13; 4:1–4a, 5–7, 9–11
Key verses: (4:7, 9a) You are altogether beautiful, my love;
there is no flaw in you. You have ravished my heart,
Reflection: ‘Love is blind’ is a ridiculous saying and it’s entirely untrue. Love sees more clearly than prescription eyeglasses and further than the best binoculars on the market. Love helps you stop being blind actually. Love helps you look at the world and see that though it is an entire cluster of trouble, it is altogether beautiful and worth appreciating, worth saving. Love helps you finally see the guy on the freeway holding a sign, begging, as someone’s son; someone who was once held — or who deserved to be. Love helps you see another person as they truly are: perfectly imperfect, a holy, hot mess. And you love them, not despite their flaws, but with their flaws. You love them because they are who they are.
Our lover in today’s text confesses that the subject of their poem — their beloved, is altogether beautiful. Beautiful? But what about their lack of height or gangly arms or baby fat or funny ear lobes, crazy hair, toe fungus, or, or, or . . . But the writer has stopped listening to you and is distracted gazing at their beloved, who looks exactly what they want their beloved to look like: themselves.
You can try the same thing today. Look in the mirror. Look into the eyes of someone close by. Look out at this world. And in looking say: There you are! Altogether beautiful.
If you can’t quite say that yet remember that it is exactly what God says every time his holy gaze falls upon this world, every time he beholds you: Altogether beautiful.
Prayer: Love divine, all loves excelling,
joy of heaven, to earth come down,
fix in us thy humble dwelling,
all thy faithful mercies crown.
Jesus, thou art all compassion,
pure, unbounded love thou art;
visit us with thy salvation;
enter every trembling heart.
Author: Derek Macleod
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].