How Six Geese inspired Worship

How Six Geese inspired Worship
On the sixth day of Christmas my True Love gave to me “SIX GEESE A-LAYING”. 
It was an obediently fertile mind that, looking upon the common goose of the Medieval world, saw a means of observing and preserving for instruction in righteousness, the six days of Creation. 
And how fitting for us in the season of the celebration of His Incarnation, by whom it was all made and by whom it all consists, to revisit and devotionally consider how He did it.
“For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”
Colossians 1:16-17 NIV
From days one through four He spoke the light, the sky, and celestial bodies into existence. Then He commenced creating living things — marine-life and birds on day five. He continued on day six, creating land animals — wild and livestock. Then finally, bending down, He lovingly formed Man with His own hands and breathed life into him.
What painstaking attention was paid by the Divine Creator to fashion, for us, the boundary of the dwelling called earth, “…in the hope that we might grope (search Him out in all the works of His hands) and find Him since He is not far from each one of us”. Acts17:26-27.
My own biggest find, this reading of the Creation account, was that our Heavenly Father created the heavenly bodies for the express purpose of letting them “serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years,”
Genesis 1:14 NIV
Here’s to marking the sixth of the twelve days of Christmas as a day fit for magnifying and worshipping our great Creator.

"FIVE GOLD RINGS!"— Heirlooms, Cheers & Prayers

“FIVE GOLD RINGS!”—Heirlooms, Cheers & Prayers
“On the fifth day of Christmas, my True Love sent to me FIVE GOLD RINGS!” — this portion of the well-known, though not- so-well-understood carol, is arranged musically as the climax. The notes, highest of the song, are grandly slowed and extended, connoting a rousing cheer being raised in a room full of Christmas revelers with mugs of wassail held high.
Such a picture is fitting when one considers that the ‘five gold rings’ represent, in this encrypted catechism, the first five books of the Bible’s Old Testament, The Pentateuch. What would the Christian Faith be without Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy?
These 5 books, chronicling Man’s beginning as well as the origins and unique place of the Jewish people in history, also record the process by which they received the designation, God’s Chosen People. Their Holy Writ forms the firm footing of the Christian Faith and are among the Scriptures Jesus read and referred to in presenting Himself to us. He is the Messiah they pointed to, pre-figured and demonstrated our desperate need of.
Representing this treasured heirloom, gifted to us as it were, through  our Hebrew spiritual forebears, the musical capstone of  ‘five gold rings!’, is a fitting response. Yet, ironically, thanks has not been the response over the centuries to the Jewish people. 
My own meditation on this verse this Christmas season was colored in somber shades by the even more jarring irony of current news out of the United Nations — the vote and condemnation of  the tiny modern Jewish nations’ right to build new settlements in land rightfully  theirs and necessary for securing themselves against the entities which hate their existence and thirst for their annihilation. 
To our shame, this decision went un-vetoed by America, previously Israel’s main supporter and defender in the UN, Israel being the only democracy in the entire Middle-East.
As I write this piece the church bells of the nearby Methodist church are chiming over our neighborhood the tune of another much-loved Christ as carol invoking Israel,
“Oh come, Oh come Emanuel,
 And ransom captive Israel
 That mourns in lonely exile here
  Until the Son of God appears.
   Rejoice! Rejoice! Emanuel
  Shall come to thee oh Israel”
As you enjoy the ” five gold rings” of our faith this Christmas, remember those who delivered it to us. Yes, Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.