Twelve Days of Christmas : Day 10

Unto us a Child is born.
Come let us adore him.  

Glory be to God on high, and on earth peace, good will towards men.
We praise thee, we bless thee, we worship thee, we glorify thee,
we give thanks to thee for thy great glory.

O God, who makes us glad with the yearly remembrance of the birth of your only Son Jesus Christ: Grant that as we joyfully reflect on Christ’s story and how it relates to our own.  Amen.

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me – Lords a Leaping.

The 10 Lords a Leaping represent the 10 Commandments that Moses was given.

God spoke all these words:

I am God, your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of a life of slavery. No other gods, only me. No carved gods of any size, shape, or form of anything whatever, whether of things that fly or walk or swim. Don’t bow down to them and don’t serve them because I am God, your God, and I’m a most jealous God, punishing the children for any sins their parents pass on to them to the third, and yes, even to the fourth generation of those who hate me. But I’m unswervingly loyal to the thousands who love me and keep my commandments. No using the name of God, your God, in curses or silly banter; God won’t put up with the irreverent use of his name. Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Work six days and do everything you need to do. But the seventh day is a Sabbath to God, your God. Don’t do any work—not you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your servant, nor your maid, nor your animals, not even the foreign guest visiting in your town. For in six days God made Heaven, Earth, and sea, and everything in them; he rested on the seventh day. Therefore God blessed the Sabbath day; he set it apart as a holy day.Honor your father and mother so that you’ll live a long time in the land that God, your God, is giving you. No murder. No adultery. No stealing. No lies about your neighbor. No lusting after your neighbor’s house—or wife or servant or maid or ox or donkey. Don’t set your heart on anything that is your neighbor’s.

Exodus 20 – The Message

It is still the time of year to make new years resolutions. Contrast the word “resolution” with the word “commandment” however, and you will get a completely different reaction. Many, if not most people, bristle at the word “commandment.” Connotations of the word include a lack of self-determination, a passive voice, and a “lording over” — unattractive connotations to most in modern society. Many people today would probably even consider a “commandment” to be something “inflicted upon.”

So how can we engage positively with these commandments which are given by God? As we begin the new year, it’s worth remembering that these commandments are given through love not as a set of rules by which we can rebel. They are set out as the best way to look after ourselves and those around us – something that has become all the more important during the pandemic.

Tenth day of Christmas – January 3 : DELIGHT

While everyone might be heading back to their everyday routines by now, the Christmas season is still not over, instead inviting us to celebrate even in the midst of the most ordinary of days. One way to do this is to participate in something that brings you delight. Enthusiasm, after all, comes from entheos, which means “in God,” and so to celebrate our enthusiasm and delights is to name the ways God is in and with each one of us. (adapted from https://www.asacredjourney.net/12-days-of-christmas)

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