By Becky Holland
On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me seven swans a swimming.
If any of you have been following the blog, we have been the receiver of anonymous gifts from Christmas friends relating to the 12 Days of Christmas. It has been fun and gives me something to look forward too. Even my dog eagerly looks forward to the doorbell ringing, the gifts and notes.
Today’s gift were SEVEN bottles of water. The swans were still swimming, according to the note, in water so clear. So, they sent me ‘seven’ bottles of water.
The scripture comparisons that they left really meant more to me. Seven swans symbolized the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. Just as baby swans grow and change from ‘ugly ducklings’ into beautiful and graceful birds – so do God’s children grow and change through the work of the Holy Spirit. The various gifts of the Holy Spirit are distributed for the benefit of the entire body of Christ.
From Romans 12:6-8, the secret friends paraphrased, “We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve, if it is teaching, let him teach; it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.”
So the gift of seven – well, it reminds me how important
it is to use the gifts and talents we have.
Lesson learned: Using your abilities/gifts is more important than getting a gift.