December 29

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The Fourth Day of Christmas

By Tresta Neil

Called to Learn

On The Fourth Day of Christmas My Father gave to me . . . 

“Four calling birds.” What are they calling for or singing to? Tradition tells us that this famous song was written to remember religious things and they portray it in the numbers, but I wonder about the items. Why calling? Why mostly birds? Was it only about meter? I don’t know the answers but will to learn. 

The four represented the four gospels in the New Testament. The first hand witnesses of Christ’s mortal life.

The fourth constellation is Sagittarius, the archer. He is a centaur, half man and half horse, which represents the dual nature of Christ, being half god and half mortal. He is shown in the act of shooting the scorpion, the adversary. This is the task he was completing during his mortal life on earth.

The number four in numerology means mortality or earth life. The universal symbol for earth is a circle with a cross in it. The earth has four seasons, four directions and four basic elements and four states of matter. It also represents the preparatory gospel of faith, repentance, baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost. Does that remind you of an article of faith? Which number?
The square is the fourth shape. Think about how we use this word in our language. “Are you dealing squarely with me?”, “fair and square”, “go back to square one”, etc. These all have to do with relationships with ourself and others.

Now the fourth finger is the ring finger, the family relationships. This finger represent the source of most of your eternal happiness, satisfaction and education for both here and the hereafter. You have heard it said you only take to the next life what you learn, but you also get to take your relationships. What are you doing to strengthen your relationships? Our family relationships are our great source of satisfaction and pleasure. God is also our family and if we feel like His work is burdensome and makes us weary and not uplifting then we should reevaluate, repent and reassess. This mortal life is for us to find joy and we can do this through our families.

The first commandment given to Adam and Eve was to “multiply and replenish the earth.” This is  exemplifies the essence of the number four and the Hebrew number 4, dalet. Could the four “calling birds” be four baby birds calling for their parents?

On the fourth day of Christmas My Father gave to me 
four family members,
three great desires,
two directions…

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