The lyrics of the song continue…”On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me three French hens.” Some suggest this is a theological reference to three virtues of the Christian faith: Faith, Hope and Charity.
From an animal husbandry prospective, a French breed of chicken, or Faverolles, are well adapted both to captivity. And were the egg-producing poultry of choice centuries ago. Today these docile creatures they serve more as an ornamental and exhibition breed. Children love the French hens because they make excellent pets.
I consider the gift of 3 French hens a generous gift, symbolizing both a practical and prosperous future. Like love, the gift can multiply and sustain itself.
One creature stands out from the others when the subject of devotion is mentioned. Man’s best friend is a model for humankind. Our furry beasts aren’t controlling and they don’t harbor hidden agendas; ever loyal, ever faithful, ever loving…
“Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” Romans 12:10