“The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtle-dove is heard in our Land.”
Song of Solomon 2.12
I don’t know about you but I love Christmas Carols! As soon as is socially acceptable, I will be singing them, (OK, maybe before). Christmas carols are great, they are catchy, sometimes too catchy but are also rich with the Good News of Jesus’ birth.
Today’s passage speaks of the arrival of something new, in this case Spring. With Spring comes the arrival of new life, new hope and fresh starts, which is what we are eagerly anticipating at Christmas. The passage also speaks of singing in this new season which is a fantastic way to praise God and connect with the Christmas story.
The image of a dove is something we see throughout the Bible. In the New Testament the Holy Spirit is described as a dove and also, after the flood in Genesis, Noah sent out a dove which returned with an olive branch, symbolizing a new start for the earth. At Christmas time it’s good to remember the new, fresh start we have with the very special baby that was born in Bethlehem, with the joy that surrounded his birth and the eager anticipation of what was to come.
When we look forward, it can bring hope for what’s to come. When Jesus was born, it brought about a long awaited new season for Israel and the Bible speaks of the great joy that was celebrated, like with a sky full of heavenly hosts. Just like the flowering of Spring or the cooing of doves. What are we joyfully looking forward to? And how can we live out the joy we have received from the Christmas story?
Pray that you will feel the joy of life in all its fullness deep within your heart.
Plant some bulbs inside or outside, ready for the spring.