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 channel it in life-giving ways” (pp. 192-93). Like fire, sexuality can be used well or cause great harm.

The place both sexuality and spirituality come from is our deep need and longing for intimacy. Sin separates all of us from God and from each other (Genesis 3). God created this inner drive in us to propel us to reverse this separation through union. These urges are fundamentally sacred. God created our longing to be fully known and fully loved. Popular culture tries to make sex no big deal, and people are gravely wounded in the process. Sex is a big deal because it is sacred.

How refreshing and beautiful to know God as a faithful lover. There are many lovely images in the Song of Solomon, but perhaps there is none lovelier than this: “He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.” Banners were raised at a place where a victory was won. God has fought for us on the cross and won the battle over sin. Through our relationship with Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit, we can have union and intimacy with God. We live securely and freely because his banner over us is love. —Jeff Munroe

Prayer: Lord, thanks for raising your banner of love over us.