Whew! Last day of birds! I gotta say though, I really loved making the swans! I think they are one of the most majestic creatures on Earth! I was having trouble with the white felt again so I went looking for a felt style to buy, and I came across an AWESOME one! If you are a designer and need a good felt action, check this one out. So, why did my true love give seven swans? I'll let you in on a little secret. My favorite number is seven. If I am ever asked to pick a number between 1 and 10, the first number I'll pick is seven. In Christian numerology the number seven represents God's perfection, or spiritual completeness. In the 12 Days of Christmas research, seven swans represent the seven spiritual gifts that are listed in Romans 12. They are prophecy, ministry, teaching, exhortation, giving, leadership, and compassion.
(1 Corinthians 12 has a list of gifts too. They are similar but are listed as wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, miracles, prophecy, discernment, speaking in tongues and interpretation of tongues.)
The point in both passages is that God gives different gifts to each believer and that it is our different gifts that make the body of Christ complete. If we all had the same gift we would miss out. And because they are all necessary none are more important than any other, even though we sometimes like to think so. So by being part of a body of believers and by exercising your gift, you help make the body complete as the number seven represents. Pretty exciting stuff right?!?
I hope you enjoy the swans, and the beautiful spiritual gifts God has given us!