By Jerry Jolley


I am excited about the upcoming study of Song of Solomon in the fall edition of Compass Bible Studies. Perhaps you are wondering why a widower would be enthusiastic about studying a book written about love and marriage.  

The reason is simple: all Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is a blessing to prayerful readers -no matter their life situation.

It seems in the last three years, since the passing of my wife, Sweetpea, God had me in mind when he led Solomon to write these words.

In reading them I have remembered:
1. The joy of my proposal of marriage being accepted.
2. The blessing of fifty-four years, nine months, and six days of loving companionship.
3. God’s presence through every trial.
4. Solomon was surely talking about Sweetpea in his loving description in 4:1-7.

Thank God for the wonderful encouraging words in the Song of Solomon!
Study them carefully, you never know when you will need them more than you ever have in your whole life -whether you are happily married, single, divorced, newlywed or widowed. Every word of the Bible is relevant and powerful for every believer.


Compass Bible Studies is produced by the DiscipleGuide, a department of the Baptist Missionary Association. You can find out more about Compass at discipleguide.org, or by calling 800.333.1442.

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