Shir Hashirim Three: Love

“On my bed at night, I sought him whom my soul loves; I sought him but I did not find him (Song of Songs 3:1).” When I saw this verse, I knew immediately that it was the one I wanted to reflect on. I’m fortunate enough to have found and married the love of my life, and to have done so relatively early in life (we started dating just before my 24th birthday, for those who’d like a point of reference). But I clearly remember the years before that of going to be in my childhood room, in my dorm room, and in my first apartment and wondering when I’d find the ‘one’ for me. Now, as a point of clarification, I don’t actually believe in soulmates or that there is a one for each of us. I think we find people who are compatible and fall in love, but there’s not necessarily one person that it happens with – it’s all about timing, willingness to put effort in, and a million other factors that come together to create a match. But regardless, I remember the anticipation, and also the pain, of searching for my person. And this verse made me think about nights when I felt lonely, and about all of those who may feel that way today. Here’s hoping that you all find what you’re searching for in 2018!

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