12 Days Creed
As Lutherans, we are used to talking about three Articles in the Apostles' Creed. Roman Catholics count twelve Articles. One for each line as it is typically broken down in print.
Of course, twelve is an important number in the Bible. Jesus picked twelve Apostles. Jacob had twelve sons. Twelve Minor Prophets. Why not break the faith down into twelve statements?
As the Ten Commandments show us what we're supposed to do, the Creed shows us what we're supposed to believe. But as also with the Ten Commandments, we cannot perfectly believe everything in the Creed. For some things, like the forgiveness of sins, we can only shake our heads and cry out, "Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!"
As Luther puts it, "I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to Him; but the Holy Spirit has called me by the Gospel." Our faith is one of the greatest gifts God has given us. Through faith, we live this life eagerly expecting Jesus' return. Through faith, though this world may get us down, we rejoice in our salvation. Amen.