By Sis. Shirley Tarpley, NDG Religion Editor
When most people hear of “The 12 Days of Christmas” they think of the song. This song had its origins as a teaching tool to instruct young people in the meaning and content of the Christian faith.
Each of the items in the song represents something of Christian significance. The hidden meaning of each Gift was designed to help Christians learn their faith.
The song goes; “On the first day of Christmas my True Love gave to me.” The “True Love” represents God and the “me” represents the one who receives these presents, the Christian.
The “Partridge in a Pear Tree” is Jesus Christ who died on a tree as a Gift from God. The “Two Turtle Doves” represents the Old and the New Testaments two other Gifts from God.
The “Three French Hens” represents Faith, Hope and Love, the three Gifts of the Spirit that abide. (1 Corinthians 13:13.) The “Four Calling Birds” represents the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John), which sings the song of salvation through Jesus Christ.
The “Five Golden Rings” represents the first five books of the Bible (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy) also called the “Books of Moses.”
The “Six Geese a-laying” represents the six days of creation. The “Seven Swans a Swimming” represents “Seven Gifts of The Holy Spirit.” (1 Corinthians 12: 8-11; Romans 12; Ephesians 4; and 1 Peter 4:10-11.)
The “Eight Maids a Milking” symbolizes the eight beatitudes (Blessed are: the poor in Spirit . . ., they that mourn . . ., the meek . . ., they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness . . ., the merciful . . ., the pure in heart . . ., the peacemakers . . ., they which are persecuted for righteousness sake . . ., ye, when men shall revile you, and say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake . . . Matthew 5:3 –12.)
The “Nine Ladies Dancing” represents nine Fruits (Love, Joy, Peace, Longsuffering, Gentleness, Goodness, Faith, Meekness, and Temperance) of the Holy Spirit. (Galatians 5:22-23.) The “Ten Lords a-leaping” represents the Ten Commandments.
The “Eleven Pipers Piping” represents the eleven faithful disciples. The “Twelve drummers drumming” represents the twelve points of the Apostles Creed. The next time you hear “The 12 Days of Christmas” consider how this otherwise non-religious sounding song had its origins in the Christian faith.
Something to Ponder: “To me, the most important thing that we can do as human beings is give. And we must give in proportion to what we are given.
That being said, I don’t like to close my eyes at night without having done something for someone, whether it’s a random act of kindness or a strategically planned initiative that will ultimately help thousands, if not millions.
I believe that even in a world fraught with war and blatant injustice still, individuals must find ways to lessen human suffering and impact humanity for the better.” –Dr. Donda C. West.
I Know Not Why: I know not why God’s wondrous grace to me He hath made known. I’m truly unworthy, but Christ’s love redeemed me for His own.
I know not how this saving faith to me He did import, nor how believing in His Word wrought peace within my heart.
I know not when my Lord may come, at night or noonday fair, not if I’ll walk the vale with Him, or meet Him in the air.
But; “I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I’ve committed unto Him against that day.”
Happiness keeps you sweet. Trials keep you strong. Sorrows keep you humble. Success keeps you going. But only God keeps you going! Remember, you are so special