Day 4 - The Christmas Season Devotionals

December 29

“On the 4th day of Christmas my true love gave to me...Four Calling Birds.”

Romans 1:1-6

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I remember as a child hearing birds as they chattered and whistled in the treetops. I particularly remember the Jays and the Crows who seemed to call and respond to each other. I am uncertain as to what they were saying but I can imagine that it had something to do with where to find food, or a warning such as—“watch out there is an intruder,” etc.

The four calling birds of the song refer to the Four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, which proclaim the Good News of God's reconciliation of the world to Himself in Jesus Christ. They tell the story of our “true loves’” plan of redemption. They tell an unlikely story—a virgin gives birth to a child that becomes the hope of the world. This child of hope, this savior of the world was not born in a palace nor did he live a life of comfort and luxury, but rather he lived among those who were the neediest of all. The gospels are a call to remember, “God so loved the world that he gave…”

Action Point: How are you proclaiming this good news? What kinds of things can you do in the upcoming year to herald the story of our “true love?”