On The 1st Day of Christmas, My True Love Gave to Me… A Partridge In a Pear Tree

In Loving Memory of Shane Eliot Overline ~ October 23, 1973 – November 11, 2016

My son, Shane, who had gone missing, has been found. He has died, hit by a train (which, I believe, was no accident). His suffering became too great, and while his pain has ended, mine has not. I am heartbroken. My daughter is with me and today we go to the funeral home. I hate this illness and am angry that there was no help for him. Pray for me…

Shane was given his name by his mother, Carole, who named him after the great poet T.S. Eliot.

Love is most nearly itself when here and
now cease to matter.
This is the way the world ends, not with
a bang but with a whimper…

He comes to our aid in times of need!
John 10:14-15
“I am the good shepherd… I lay down my life for the sheep.”

*A Partridge in a Pear Tree

The partridge in a pear tree is Jesus the Christ, the Son of God, whose birthday we celebrate on December 25, the first day of Christmas. In the song, Christ is symbolically presented as a mother partridge that feigns injury to decoy predators from her helpless nestlings, recalling the expression of Christ’s sadness over the fate of Jerusalem: “Jerusalem! Jerusalem! How often would I have sheltered you under my wings, as a hen does her chicks, but you would not have it so . . . .” (Luke 13:34)

The partridge was known as a valiant bird— willing to FIGHT to the DEATH in order to defend it’s young—

He was fighting for you & I at the scourging post—

He was fighting for you & I as He carried that heavy cross up Golgotha’s hill—

He was fighting for you & I as He cried, “IT IS FINISHED!”

Even in the tomb He was fighting for us—

IN 3 DAYS He fought His way out of DEATH’S grip!

This bird’s readiness to DIE for it’s young made it an ancient Christian symbol of Christ!

Jesus still fights for us, even today—

He fights our battles…

He comes to our aid in times of need!

John 10:14-15

“I am the good shepherd… I lay down my life for the sheep.”