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Your beauty, within and without, is absolute, dear lover, close companion.  You are tall and subtle, like the palm tree, and your full breasts are like sweet clusters of dates.  I say, ‘I’m going to climb that palm tree! I’m going to caress it’s fruit!’  Oh yes!  Your breasts will be clusters of sweet fruit to me, Your great clean and cool like fresh mint, your tongue and lips like the best wine’.  Song of Songs 7:6-9 (The Message)

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Christians offend have a reputation for being dull, boring and sniffy about intimacy and sex.  Read Song of Songs in the Old testament and you’ll get a different view.  Sex is good, it’s special and it’s a vital ingredient of intimacy.  Intimacy glues together and protects a healthy marriage.

Typically women see intimacy as being about relationships, and men are often more concerned with sex.  Whatever the case, we’d do well to take into account our differences as we seek to understand each other’s needs and build emotional and physical intimacy together.

Prayer (as a couple)

Dear Lord, thank you for ____ (partner).  Father we lift our relationship up to you now.  We pray that you’l help us to understand and meet each other’s emotional and physical needs better and that our intimacy will grow in a way that pleases you.  Please help us to identify and remove any barriers to intimacy between us.  Amen.

Prayer (for others)

Dear Lord.  Thank you for _____ and _____.  Father we lift their relationship up to you now.  We pray that you’ll help them to understand and meet each other’s emotional and physical needs better, and that you’ll help them to identify and remove any barriers to intimacy.  Amen

Final Quote

There is no fear in love

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