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Who is your tribe?

I have been pondering a familiar verse from Song of Solomon 2:4 “His banner over me is love.” In the Hebrew Scriptures this word ‘banner’ was used to describe a ‘standard’ or flag under which people would be gathered to show their tribal affiliation, for example the twelve tribes of Israel were often gathered under each of their tribal banner. In this understanding, one could rephrase Song of Solomon 2:4 “He gave me the tribal name of love.” My own personal way of expressing this is: “God has shown me such unconditional tender compassion that I am now affiliated to compassion”. Imagine how different our world would look if our tribal boundary lines fell away, and our main affiliation was to compassion.

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