Song of Solomon 2:8-13
Every generation since the beginning of recorded human history has had its love songs. You might have a favorite and I might have mine. It’s likely that our differences of generation will influence our choices. Our scripture reading this morning is itself a love song, or at least a small portion of one of the great epic love songs ever written.
As I was thinking about this song, a tune from my teen years came to mind. It’s one of Paul McCartney’s post-Beatles hits, and I think it fits the moment. The first stanza goes like this:
You'd think that people would have had enough of silly love songs
I look around me and I see it isn't soSome people want to fill the world with silly love songsAnd what's wrong with that?I'd like to know'Cause here I go againI love you, I love youI love you, I love you.
Yes, what’s wrong with singing silly love songs?
There’s another song from those years that also speaks of love, but in a somewhat different way than McCartney’s song. And it goes like this:
What the world needs now is love, sweet love
It's the only thing that there's just too little ofWhat the world needs now is love, sweet loveNo not just for some but for everyone
So, as McCartney so profoundly puts it: “Love isn’t silly at all.” No, everyone needs to experience a bit of love. For as Paul put it: “Faith, Hope, and Love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13).