Many of us are familiar with the song, The Twelve Days of Christmas. The English Christmas carol recalls the 12 days within the season of Christmas and a different gift for each day. What you may not know is that this song is said to have been a mnemonic device to help Christian children recall certain parts of their faith during a time of religious oppression and persecution in England.
In sharing the CrossTraining story for 2016 and into 2017, we thought we would develop our own 12 Stories of CrossTraining to correspond with the 12 Days of Christmas. And so, today, on the first day of Christmas, we share our first day of CrossTraining Christmas and our first story…sing or hum along with us —
On the first day of CrossTraining Christmas, my true love gave to me…
Jesus is the center and reason for everything we do at CrossTraining – from the pastoral and spiritual care that we provide as chaplains, to the counseling and mental health that our counselors look to give, to the soccer equipment and impacts on poor communities around the world — Jesus is at the center of it all.
For us, the parable of the Good Samaritan stands as our story and our calling — that we are called to help wounded people that we encounter. Take a moment and look at this picture — who do you see?
The wounded man in this painting looks very much like Jesus as depicted in many period piece paintings. Many different artists use this pose for Jesus as he is taken down from the cross. We are reminded of the words of Jesus in Matthew 25:40,
Truly I tell you, whatever you did (caring, clothing, visiting, helping, restoring) for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.
For CrossTraining, our entire purpose and existence centers around Jesus — the Word became flesh who came and lived among us. The one who died and rose again to save us. He is the first gift. He is the ultimate gift.