Song of Solomon 8:10–13 (The Passion Translation)
THE SHULAMITE BRIDE
10 But now I have grown and become a bride, and my love for him has made me a
tower of passion and contentment for my beloved. I am now a firm wall of pro-
tection for others, guarding them from harm.
This is how he sees me – I am the one who brings him bliss, finding favor in his eyes.
11 My bridegroom-king has a vineyard of love made from a multitude of followers. His
caretakers of this vineyard have given my beloved their best.
12 But as for my own vineyard of love, I give it all to you forever. And I will give double
honor to those who serve my beloved and have watched over my soul.
13 My beloved, one with me in my garden, how marvelous that my friends, the brides-
to-be, now hear your voice and song. Let me now hear it again.
Once we have become believers and followers of Christ, we are all guardians of those who would fall into the same trap we fell into unless we are there to guide them. The world likes to talk about mentoring, or life coaching, but we have something much better, it’s called sisterhood and brotherhood. We help each other like true sisters and brothers. We share. We pile on top of each other when we’re hitting the couch to watch a movie. We are close, very close. In the biggest of all possible families we have brothers and sisters wherever we go.
Last summer I had work done on my body. I had a knee replacement, I had cataract surgery, extensive dental work, a nail treatment to get them to finally grow, and all this was done in the space of a few weeks, in an unknown area where I knew no one. While waiting for these appointments to materialize, I attended an excellent church. While I was experiencing all these changes, the folks at the church became my sisters and brothers, taking care of my every need. I thank God for the family of God.