On the 12th Day of Christmas my True Love gave to me, Twelve drummers drumming stands for Twelve articles of the Apostles’ Creed.
On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me, Eleven pipers piping which symbolizes the eleven faithful apostles.
Let us keep the 10 Commandments:
I – Do not have other gods before Me.
II – Do not worship idols.
III – Do not take God’s name in vain.
IV – Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy.
V – Honor your father and your mother.
VI – Do not murder.
VII – Do not commit adultery.
VIII – Do not steal.
IX – Do not lie.
X – Do not covet
reflect on the incredible gifts our True Love has given us
Nine ladies dancing symbolizes Nine fruit of the Spirit – Gal. 5:22-23
The Fruit of the Holy Spirit is a biblical term that sums up nine attributes of a Christian life according to Saint Paul in his Letter to the Galatians: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”
Forbearance is restraint, tolerance, patience, resignation, endurance, fortitude, stoicism
Eight maids a-milking represents Eight beatitudes – Matt. 5-7
The Beatitudes are eight blessings recounted in the Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew. Each is a proverb-like proclamation, without narrative, “cryptic, precise, and full of meaning. Each one includes a topic that forms a major biblical theme”. Four of the blessings also appear in the Sermon on the Plain in the Gospel of Luke, followed by four woes which mirror the blessings.
Each Beatitude consists of two phrases: the condition and the result. In almost every case the condition is from familiar Old Testament context, but Jesus teaches a new interpretation. Together, the Beatitudes present a new set of Christian ideals that focus on a spirit of love and humility. They echo the ideals of the teachings of Jesus on mercy, spirituality, and compassion.
The eight Beatitudes in Matthew 5:3–12 during the Sermon on the Mount.
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven. (Matthew 5:3)
Blessed are those who mourn: for they will be comforted. (5:4)
Blessed are the meek: for they will inherit the earth. (5:5)
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness: for they will be filled. (5:6)
Blessed are the merciful: for they will be shown mercy. (5:7)
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they will see God. (5:8)
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they will be called children of God. (5:9)
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (5:10)
Seven swans a-swimming signifies the Seven gifts of the Holy Spirit – Rom. 12:6-8
Light up the Sky by Grace Vanderwaal- America’s Got Talent Winner 2016
ARTWORK: “Steel and Beach” 24×30 Acrylic + Pen on Canvas, by Anastasia Mak
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This time lapse was created over the course of several weeks. The painting is an aerial view of Chicago’s lakefront, with John Hancock Center and surrounding buildings, looking north. My visual reference was a photo that I took from a helicopter. MUSIC TRACK: Amadou & Mariam, “M’ Bifé (Balafon)”