Have you ever wondered why the Twelve Days of Christmas speaks of Two Turtle Doves? I’ve recently learned some things about these birds that allow the romantic in me appreciate them a little more than just a pigeon type bird that feeds off the scraps that we would otherwise toss.
Turtle Doves are a symbol of love, friendship and devotion. They will stay together for a lifetime, which is part of the reason they are considered a sign of faithful and bonded love. A true and long lasting friendship is a devoted friendship that lives beyond the short time span that most friendships exist in todays’ culture. We live in a time where you toss as your need changes, yet not just in material possessions, but also in how we treat one another.
Being there for each other is the key to a lasting relationship. Focused on building trust in each other, holding on to the commitment of honoring our secrets and dreams, and when we fall, we have someone to pick us up. The joy of having someone to lean on is not often seen, yet when it is experienced in a lasting relationship, the value is immeasurable. The commitment grows beyond trust, knowing within your heart, your partner and genuine friend(s) will always be there.
As I reflect on what I have learned; when I see a pair of turtle doves, an older couple sitting close together and holding hands, two friends embracing, parents with their newborn baby, a child snuggled close to a parent, I will be reminded of God’s gift of bonding love. Love is a gift and exists when we open our hearts to express it.
May your heart be freely open to love,