When someone first recommended this author, I was reluctant to spend money on a writer I’d never heard of. Months later, Send Down the Rain by Charles Martin, is the second book of his I have read. He’s become one of my favorite authors. I find myself asking, “why is that?” Maybe it’s because Charles Martin novels make you feel part of the story; what happens to the characters matter. In this latest read I became so immersed in the story I found myself assessing the outcome of the book for days afterwards.
Send Down the Rain is a great read! It’s a classic struggle of good verses evil. The main character, Jo Jo Brooks, claims, “evil can’t kill evil.” He believes love is the only thing that can challenge hate and overcome it. Send Down the Rain is filled with secrets and plot twists. The reader is fed a steady diet of them both. It is a tale of how far is a man is willing to go to make a stand against evil.
When you are finished reading this book you will want to keep it handy for a second read.
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.
“On the second day of Christmas my true love gave me two turtle doves.”
From what I’ve read, the term turtle dove refers to a group of old world doves that includes ringed doves and mourning doves. In literature they are associated with innocence, purity and enduring love. The bird utters a sweet, mournful call, arriving on the scene in the early spring and staying until late in the summer. They are dedicated to their mate and offspring.
I see the gift of a pair of turtle doves given to me by my true love as a gesture of commitment, love and faithfulness to me. It is an enduring and desirable gift in an age littered with disposable relationships.
My lover said to me, “Rise up, my darling! Come away with me, my fair one! Look, the winter is past, the rains are over and gone. The flowers are springing up, the season of singing birds has come, and the cooing of turtledoves fills the air.” Song of Solomon 2:10-12 NLT