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The winter is past....

"Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away; for now the winter is past, the rain is over and gone.” Song of Solomon Our Old Testament reading for Sunday is from the Song of Solomon (2: 8-13), sometimes called the Song of Songs, and is often read at weddings. The whole passage expresses a breathless, boundless, and yearning love that one person seems to have for another. Our passage has often been tapped into as a metaphor for Christ’s love for His Church, as well. What I see in the Song’s whole ethos is something that is often missing in the way that we speak, think about, or act toward each other in the world today: with optimism born of love. The promise of an end to a long winter (how ab