Posted by: Susan Gaddis | July 11, 2009

Passion and Promise

1206534_summer_love_2Passion, promise, glory and sexual intimacy are all embraced by keeping Sabbath. If you are not married yet, then the sexual intimacy part is to be anticipated. If you are widowed, then it is a joy once treasured.

Sabbath is a command and a promise—a foretaste of heaven. Long ago I made a promise to Tom, which still stands today: to have and to hold, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, and to forsake all others until death parts us. Marriage hasn’t always been a foretaste of heaven, but Sabbath brings that promise into focus.

Sabbath celebrates God’s covenant and my marriage covenant. Both are promises rooted in God’s love and passion for a people who display His love and passion. Both reflect the love of a groom for his bride and a bride for her groom. When we embrace such promises we participate in the divine nature of God (see 2 Peter 1:4).

In Jewish tradition, the Sabbath is greeted as a bride. “Come my friend, towards the bride; let us greet the Sabbath,” are the words of the Friday evening liturgical song. Then the shechinah glory of God (the divine presence of God) is thought to descend on the home.

Sexual intimacy plays a part in this glory dance of promise and passion. “The Talmud prescribes the Sabbath as a time for making love, to feel in our bodies the delicious union with God and our beloved, to bridge any separation we may feel from our divine nature or our natural joy.” –Wayne Muller in Sabbath, Restoring the Sacred Rhythm of Rest

It only takes 35 minutes to read the Song of Solomon in your Bible. You might find it a delightful Sabbath read!



  1. Honey

    I’m rushing to read it right now.

    your love,


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