“Hang my locket around your neck, wear my ring on your finger. Love is invincible facing danger and death. Passion laughs at the terrors of hell. The fire of love stops at nothing— it sweeps everything before it. Flood waters can’t drown love, torrents of rain can’t put it out. Love can’t be bought, love can’t be sold— it’s not to be found in the marketplace. My brothers used to worry about me.” Song of Solomon 8:6-8
I am enjoying country living this summer—especially the river that flows at the north side of the cabin and Fisher’s Country Market, a small grocery/deli/eatery owned by Mennonites. The store is packed with bulk items produced by Amish and Mennonites, and has a nice variety of common brands. The cold cuts and cheese counter is the largest I’ve seen and reasonably priced. Locally grown seasonal fruit and vegetables are sold below farmer market prices.
I’m not fond of the big chain grocery stores that have every brand of salad dressing available in the U.S. on the shelves. I want to get in to the store with my mental shopping list and out within a half hour.
Of all the things you can buy at the market, love is not one of them. However, once I saw a story about a wedding that took place in the grocery store where the couple met. I hope their marriage is invincible as the man and woman in the Song of Solomon.
Lord, help us find love in all the right places. Amen.