40 Days Transformation and Change of Heart
Day 22: True Love Sight
"On the First Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me A Partridge in a Pear Tree."
Today marks the First Day of the 12 days of Christmas.
I always thought that song was just some deranged love song from the 16th century written about a man who had large amounts of money and no common sense, who gives their true love 'Ten Lords a Leaping" or "four calling birds"- really? I could understand the "Five Golden Rings!"
Today I got curious and researched the symbolism behind this song. There's still so much mystery and unknown behind this song. One theory is it was a religious memory game passed on to teach the true meaning of Christmas...
You also need to know the fancy Christmas tree that stood in the front window of my home growing up my mom decorated with pears, partridge birds, golden bells and orange pom-poms. There was no traditional red to be found. And to make it even more unique (embarrassing) sometimes my Dad even flocked it a light orange instead of the traditional white flock. It was beautifully strange. Had I only known the meaning behind the madness.
"On the First Day of Christmas,
my true love gave to me A Partridge in a Pear Tree."
Our True Love is God the Father. The Partridge is a bird know for it's readiness to die for it's you and represents Jesus Christ. The Pear Tree Symbolizes the Tree of Life or the Cross.
"For God so loved the world, that he gave His only Begotten Son, that whosever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16
So what does that have to do with Transformation and a Change of Heart?
What in our life are we not seeing correctly?
What or Who would change if we were to see through God's eyes with true love?
I thought of a few that I have experienced:
A mean person that really is screaming out for love and acceptance.
The rude sales clerk who just lost her husband.
A beautiful girl who looks 'perfect' on the outside, is staved for friendship on the inside.
A struggling student that appears lazy who actually is homeless.
The speeding crazy lady on the freeway who is speeding her sick child to E.R.
The walls & rejection from your child who is struggling for independence and the load of heavy life decisions.
An invitation forgotten or text message not responded to because of an dead phone.
And crazy orange Christmas trees with birds and fruit on it.
"Be Kind. Everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." -Marjorie Hinckley
It's comforting to know God knows the hearts,
and there's no greater "True Love" to give us sight.