Wednesday, December 2, 2009

On the 2nd day of Christmas...Two Turtle Doves

"On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me, two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree"


"The Turtle Dove" Sophie Anderson

"The flowers are springing up, the season of singing birds has come,
and the cooing of turtledoves fills the air."
~ Song of Solomon 2:12 ~


Perhaps because of Biblical references, but also because of its mournful voice and the fact that it forms strong pair bonds, Turtle Doves have become emblems of devoted love.  In Renaissance Europe, the turtle dove was often cast as a companion to the phoenix, even here in an obscure William Shakespeare poem (originally untitled, contemporarily referred to as "The Phoenix and the Turtle"
 
Phoenix of beautie, beauteous, Bird of any

To thee I do entitle all my labour,
More precious in mine eye by far then many
That feedst all earthly sences with thy savour:
Accept my home-writ praises of thy loue,
And kind acceptance of thy Turtle-doue

Even in the Aussie version, the two pink galahs are "lovie dovie"


And now, without further ado... Please welcome today's guest blogger


I had the pleasure of becoming Chelsey's friend in 2004, at the introduction of our dearly loved (and missed) mutual friend, Laura Belt.  It has been an honor and a privilege to share a friendship with her, and her blog is always thought-provoking and so honest!  I know that you'll enjoy her thoughts today!


The turtle doves have come to symbolize many things over the years; peace, love, sacrifice… just to name a few. They are also unique in that both the male and female share the incubation and feeding of the young. They both have their part to play in raising up their children. It is a bit fitting then, that some have even used them to represent the Old and New Testaments.


Both the Old and New Testament share in the incubation and feeding of the Lord’s children. The Old gives birth to the New and the New finds its stability in the Old. They work together in harmony to paint a beautiful picture of our life story in Christ; past, present and future.

There is no greater example of their unity found then when we study the birth of our precious Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The Old, foretells of a righteous King ( Jeremiah 23:5-6 ) that would shoot up from the stump of Jesse (Isaiah 11:1-5) , bind up the brokenhearted and proclaim freedom to the captives (Isaiah 61:1-2) and would rule over His kingdom as the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6-7). The New breathes life into the foretold King. First as a babe; born of a virgin, placed in a trough. Later as a man crucified for the sins of the many. Finally as the risen Savior who sits as King at the right hand of God (Hebrews 1:3).

The Old gives way to the New.

Together, they give us the greatest story ever told.

Together, they mold and shape the story of Christ.

As we focus on the beauty of Christ during this season, let us not forget the greatly laid out foundation given in the Old Testament. For without the beginning, there would be no ending.

By His Grace and For His Glory,
~Chelsey~
Mom to six blessings
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Don't forget about our gift certificate giveaway - with a drawing, from ALL the comments on all the days!
  • Post a comment (1 per day – so after you check out the next day’s blog, come back here and enter again – just like the song builds every day, so do your chances!
  • If you haven't already, post the button (then a comment letting me know)




  • Blog, Tweet or Facebook about this giveaway with the link (then a comment letting me know)
  • Follow me (then a comment letting me know)
  • BONUS entry! Visit Chelsey's blogs and look around, then come back and leave a comment to tell us what you like best!
The fine print:

  • You must leave a SEPARATE comment for each entry – this is the only way to keep it fair and straight (and keep me from having to kill a tree printing them out and cutting them apart!)
  • All giveaways will be held on December 13th
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35 comments:

  1. I love these stories!! Thank you!

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  2. Please enter me in this give away!

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  3. For some reason, your comments don't like me LOL.

    I had forgotten the meaning of the turtle doves. Thank you for the reminder.

    Marilyn

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  4. Chelsey is an amazing woman! I only have one child (a teenager) & it's all I can do to keep up with him. I'm in awe of women like her.

    Marilyn

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  5. Your comments are all so kind.

    Noel, thanks for the great opportunity to write here and take part in the giveaway! :)

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  6. Great thoughts, Chelsey! Thank you!

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  7. I just subscribed to your blog ... love the concept! Please enter me in your giveaway.

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  8. I am loving this folklore on the song!! I hope you don't mind me posting about your giveaway-

    I put it on my latest entry to send some more ladies over hopefully!

    blessings
    mary

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  9. I am adding your button to my blog!

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  10. Well, this blog continues to dislike my comments so I will try again LOL.

    I really enjoying reading about what each verse means. Thank you for all the work and thought you put into this.

    Smiles~
    Marilyn

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  11. I just found your blog....so happy I have. Lovely post.

    Please enter me into your giveaway...I'd be so happy to win.

    Warm blessings,
    Spencer

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  12. Thanks for a very generous giveaway. What fun! I enjoy reading your blog!

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  13. I am following your blog and have your button posted on my blog now.

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  14. The picture of the girl with the dove is so precious.

    Smiles~
    Marilyn

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  15. What an honor to meet Chelsey. Love her post

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  16. The two pink galahs are so pretty. And they're kissing - AAAWWWWHHH!

    Smiles~
    Marilyn

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  17. My version of "two pink galahs" from Australia arrived today - my niece and nephew who I don't get to see but once every couple of years. They came in on the red-eye last night. WOW have they grown.

    Smiles~
    Marilyn

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  18. I love the spiritual meanings of each day of this song!

    Debbie
    rlmdam@sbcglobal.net

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  19. I follow your blog.

    Debbie
    rlmdam@sbcglobal.net

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  20. I have your button on my blog.

    Debbie
    rlmdam@sbcglobal.net

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  21. Once more, you manage to tie a very offbeat song to the love of our LORD, thank you, Karyn

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  22. Thankfully the song is Turtle Doves - would you believe my son and husband like to hunt doves? But the common kind.

    Ugh

    Smiles~
    Marilyn

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  23. Hope your day is going better than mine. Just got out of bed an hour ago (9:35 am) and it's a cold, rainy day in South Louisiana.

    Merry Christmas~
    Marilyn

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