“On the third day of Christmas, my True Love gave to me . . . three French hens . . .”

I will approach the third day of Christmas from two viewpoints. First, my on-line source suggests that the traditional view of the three French hens equates to the three Theological Virtues as noted in 1 Corinthians 13:13 — Faith, Hope, Love. In that same verse we are told that these are the three things that abide–three things that last and last–and that the greatest of the three is Love. At Christmas it is important for Love to reign (see our Advent posts on Love). Because, as the Cantata writer pointed out to us years ago, “Love Came Down at Christmas.”

We find this Love through the Faith that is mentioned and it is this Faith and Love that lead us to the Hope that we find in Christ.

Personally, while the three Theological Virtues work well for our counting song, I like to think that the Three French Hens of day Three should remind us of the Trinity (not the River, but the One for whom the River is named):

  1. God the Father, the creator of the world, the planner of salvation, the Lover of the world mentioned in John 3:16.
  2. God the Son, the provider of salvation, who lived a sinless life, died in our place, and then conquered death, sin, and hell, that we might have life in Him.
  3. God the Holy Spirit, the Comforter promised by Jesus who draws all people to Himself, indwells all believers and provides guidance for all that we do.

Perhaps the words to “Old 100th” might offer the best response to this view: “Praise God from whom all blessings flow/Praise Him above, ye heavenly host/Praise Him all creatures here below/Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost, Amen!”

Either way you look at it, Day Three is filled with wonderful gifts.