Belonging to the Beloved

Tim Brown

READ : Song of Solomon 6:1-10

I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine … (v. 3)

Anxious voices ask the question, “Where has your beloved gone, O fairest among women? Which way has your beloved turned?” And without a blink or a blush the reply comes, “My beloved has gone down to his garden …” Like frightened children lost in a shopping mall, today’s rootless people scurry to find security. Those who belong to Jesus Christ respond quietly and confidently, “My beloved has gone to his garden …” Can you hear Jesus echoed in these words that preceded him by centuries? “I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me.”

Some years ago I sat at the bedside of a saint who was about to die. Edith winced and I asked her, “Are you in pain?” Her answer was born in heaven and echoed in these verses from the Song of Solomon: “Tim, I have never felt such pain, or known more joy. Just think of it, today I will be in the presence of Jesus.” I think this was her way of saying, “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine.” When you know the Lord in such a way it makes all the difference in this world and the next.

PRAYER

We bless you, living God, for joining us to yourself in Jesus Christ. Amen.