Sunday to Monday | Twelve Days of Christmas

"I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach." (Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol). 

This Sunday we, as Christians celebrated our rich heritage and were reminded of the grace of God working in transforming ways through the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas."  This popular song is usually seen as simply a nonsense song for children with secular origins. However, some have suggested that it is a song of Christian instruction, perhaps dating to the 16th century religious wars in England, with hidden references to the basic teachings of the Christian Faith.  

On the 1st day of Christmas my true love gave to me... A Partridge in a Pear Tree
The partridge in a pear tree is Jesus the Christ, the Son of God, whose birthday we celebrate on December 25, the first day of Christmas. In the song, Christ is symbolically presented as a mother partridge that feigns injury to decoy predators from her helpless nestlings, recalling the expression of Christ's sadness over the fate of Jerusalem: "Jerusalem! Jerusalem! How often would I have sheltered you under my wings, as a hen does her chicks, but you would not have it so . . . ." (Luke 13:34)

Check it out in it's entirety here.

Here are some questions to guide you through the week:

  • When you have noticed a "hidden" message in a song, an article or a book? How did you discover it? What difference did it make for you?
  • What gifts of Christmas past, present and future might you hold in your heart this year?
  • What is one thing you hope for that will make your peace complete - as Simeon felt when he saw Jesus? (Luke 2:25-32)
  • Who will you bless this day? (Genesis 12:1-3)

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