Look, he comes,
leaping upon the mountains,
bounding over the hills.
My beloved is like a gazelle...
Song of Songs 2:8-9a
O God, you love us in every way. Like a human lover, you court us, you desire our love, and you seek our "Yes" in a partnership that is loving, lifelong, and faithful, that will fulfill us and bless the world. Grant that we may recognize your approach, that we also may seek your face and return your love, and that we may be transformed in your grace. Amen.
Image: Cylinder seal from ancient Israel, probably inspired by the Song of Songs.