29 Dec Pastor’s Paragraph for December 29, 2019
Pastor's Paragraph for December 29, 2019
DECEMBER 29, 2019
“12 Days of Christmas.” The song’s on the radio. Children are singing it. Marketers use it to fire the frenzy of Christmas shopping. Ellen DeGeneres gives away prizes for the 12 Days. Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show gets in on it with the 12 Days of Christmas Sweaters. I even saw mention of the 12 Days in the financial section of the Patriot News! Each year PNC Financial Services Group calculates the cost of the items in the classic holiday song. Good news! This year’s cost is about the same as last year, $38,993.59. However, five gold rings rose by 10% this year but were partially offset by a 20% drop in the cost of two turtle doves!
So when are the 12 Days? And why are there 12 Days? The 12 Days of Christmas actually begin on Christmas Day or, in some traditions, the day after Christmas and lead up to January 6th, Epiphany. Epiphany, a religious celebration, commemorates the arrival of the Wise Men or Magi as the first manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles, underscoring the truth that Jesus is God’s revelation to all the world. Thought the wise men were at the manger? Only in our nativity scenes and paintings! Based on the Gospel of Matthew, the Magi found Jesus in a house and he was probably several days old and some contend almost two years old. Were there three Magi? Only in a song. Matthew doesn’t state how many, though three gifts are mentioned!
As I am writing this, it is eight days before Christmas; it will be four days after Christmas when you read it. I pray your Christmas was a blessed celebration of the birth of our Savior, Emmanuel, God-with-us, the greatest gift ever given. As we embark on a new year, I think of Rev. Dr. Howard Thurman’s thought-provoking words: “When the song of the angels is stilled, when the star in the sky is gone…the work of Christmas begins: to find the lost, to heal the broken, to feed the hungry…to bring peace among the people, to make music in the heart.” May you be blessed to be a blessing to others throughout the coming year!
Rev. Sharon Miller
Pastor of Homebound Ministry