Wednesday, December 29, 2004

WELCOME TO THE FIFTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS. Don't put those decorations away just yet! It's still Christmastime, and will be through January 5th. Today is just the 5th day of Christmas. So, instead of sinking into the post-Christmas Day blahs or rushing headlong into the pagan revelry of the New Year's holiday, join in the simple observance of the Twelve Days of Christmas.

FIVE GOLD RINGS. Today's gift: "five gold rings." What are they? They are the first five books of the Old Testament. Also known as Torah or the Pentateuch, these five documents form the backbone and skeletal structure for all that follows in the story of Judaism and Christianity. Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy is a story of people who are formed by faith in an invisible but covenanting God; it is a story like no other. The Pentateuch is a gift, indeed.

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