As we start on our “Twelve Days” series of posts, I want to be sure that we are all understanding that the items listed in the popular Christmas song are most likely NOT originally references to church-y matters as have been claimed over the past several years, we can let them give us pause to think about things devotional–and that is what we will do over the next several days. And if this gives you a new devotional angle with which to look at this fun song, then it will have been a worthy exercise. Plus, we will get to enjoy a few days’ worth of reflection together. (Be sure to register your thoughts about my thoughts in the “comments” section.)

Let us begin by identifying “my true love”

Consider this thought — Jesus taught about the greatest of all the commandments, in Matthew’s account, thus:  34 But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. 35And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”  (from Matthew 22, ESV)

What we see is that the One we love is God. In the same respect, He is the One who truly loves us. When you think about the 12 Days of Christmas, and all the gifts that your True Love gave to you, remember that your True Love is the One who made you, and the One who made a way for you to make your way back to Him.