The Power of Twelve

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Unless you plan to be alive and kicking in the 22nd century, today is the last time you and I will ever see a date with the same month, day and year.  That’s both a humbling and exciting thought because it reminds us that our days are numbered, so we should make use of every day we’re given.

The number 12 has significance throughout history and in our daily lives.  How many times have you been working and looked at the clock and it was 12:12?  Our days are broken down into two twelve hour segments, there are 12 months in a year, 12 eggs in a dozen and of course the 12 Days of Christmas.

Twelve figures prominently in various religions and is mentioned nearly 200 times in the Bible… the 12 sons of Israel, the 12 gates in heaven.  After looking over several websites about the significance of the number 12 (and I’m not into numerology), one thing they all seem to mention is that 12 represents perfection or completion- perfection in spiritual matters and (get this) in government.  This goes to show you that even the ancient sages and studiers of numbers since time began can get it wrong because I don’t think even the most optimistic of us could look around and see spiritual perfection and certainly not a perfect government.  In fact, back at the beginning of the year, when I wrote about the number 13 (as in Friday the 13th), I mentioned a poll that was done at the time that said the one thing people feared the most (by a 2 to 1 margin) was the re-election of Barack Obama.

Now that we know that most people’s greatest fear has happened, what else can we do but work on our own lives, making ourselves and our communities better?  We all know that no matter how many perfect numbers line up, the one thing we can count on about those in Washington is that they will most certainly not do the right thing.

With that said, something good is going to happen today.  Hoping to start themselves off on the right foot, many couples have planned their weddings for this particular day and casinos will likely be packed with people trying to change their luck.  Since it’s at this season of the year when we usually reflect back on the past year and look to the future, I decided to go to the last book of the Bible, Revelation (which lays out the future) and look to see if Chapter 12, verse 12 has anything that might give us something to reflect upon, and I think it does:  “Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short.”

Like I said at the beginning…humbling and exciting.

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