“Return, return, O maid of Shulam!” 7:1
Praying this verse from The Song of Songs has been a key to maintaining my inner calm despite the chaos around me and anxious thoughts in my mind. Making it a frequent prayer is a reminder to pause, breathe deeply, and shift my focus, my thoughts, and my heart back to Jesus dwelling within me.
As the bride of Christ, I am betrothed to Him Who is Peace; I am the “maid of Peace.” His peace that passes all understanding is mine if I choose to ask, to open, and to receive His peace again and again.
And so when I feel myself becoming anxious and overwhelmed by the work and worries of life, by repeating slowly and prayerfully this Scripture, I choose to return interiorly to the One Who is my peace, the One Who is the Only One Necessary Thing.
Try it now… pause, breathe in His Presence… deeply and deliberately… and say aloud, “Return, return O Maid of Shulman.” Exhale your tension into His Hands and inhaling again let His peace fill you from head to toe.
Straighten your crown, bride of peace, and return to the tasks at hand… knowing Jesus is with you always, closer than the air you breathe.
“In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.”
Together in His Heart,