The Fourth Day of Christmas

Dear Friend,

The Twelve Days of Christmas are the twelve days between Christmas Day, Dec. 25th, the birth of Jesus, and the Epiphany, Jan. 6th (epiphany being the Greek word for manifestation).

“The Twelve Days of Christmas” song has its origins in spiritual symbolism-and with a serious purpose.

Each element is a code word for a religious truth.

All the gifts sent on the subsequent days of Christmas were gifts disguised in the words of the song that come to all who believe in the love and truth of God.

The song’s gifts are hidden meanings to the teachings of faith and belief.  The “true love” mentioned in the song doesn’t refer to an earthly suitor, it refers to God. The “me” who receives the presents refers to everyone who believes.

“On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me; four calling birds.” The four calling birds respresent the four gospels which are messages of the resulting promise and hope of salvation for the faithful.

The Four Gospels:

1) Gospel according to Matthew.  This message is written to encourage others undergoing difficult trials; to always persevere in faith despite difficulties.

2) Gospel according to Mark. This message is designed to teach a community with internal divisions and external enemies. Jesus teaches, “I am with you always, false prophets will arise; many will fall away.”

3) Gospel according to Luke. This message challenges believers to put their faith into practice more fully, how you use wealth and possessions for good, to follow Jesus; share with poor; accept everyone, esp. outcasts, women, enemies.

4) Gospel according to John. This message proclaims the Good News of God’s reconciliation of the world. Go and share the good news with the world, believe, know, remain faithful in God’s loving truth, despite hostility; love one another; be in unity; serve humbly.

There is so much in the Gospels to share. Simply, allow yourself to see the goodness.  Allow your self to focus on the good news; turn away from those things that are not right and good and true. Be more accepting of others, take time to help someone. Offer a helping hand or word of encouragement. See those around you that you may humble serve. Believe, love, serve.

Today, take a moment to really see all the good that surrounds you and to receive all the wonderful gifts that await you.

God Bless,
Kandee G


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