“Why is there a giant rooster in the kitchen?” my daughter asked recently. Now it is one of her favorite questions to ask because she wants me to repeat the phrase I told her. “This rooster is a reminder that each day is new, so arise and embrace the day!”
When we moved into our house over 13 years ago, I came upon a large metal rooster in a shop. I loved the symbolism of the bird. I thought it would be a beautiful reminder to see every day, so I brought it home.
Historically, the rooster is a strong Christian symbol. During the Renaissance, the rooster became a symbol of France as a Catholic state. The cockerel became a popular Christian symbol on churches and weather vanes. The rooster cries at the dawn of each new morning are a symbol of the daily victory of light over darkness and the triumph of good over evil. It is also represents the watchfulness and readiness for the return of Jesus Christ.
At the Mount of Olives Jesus told Peter that “this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.” At the rooster’s crowing, he remembered Jesus’s words. Peter wept at his actions that contradicted the great love he had for the Savior. (Matthew 26:75)
As I have contemplated this rooster in our home, I feel it represents more than embracing each new day. I think of Peter and his denial of Christ. Peter had faith in Jesus and loved Him so deeply. In what ways in my life am I denying my Savior, whom I love and want to follow? The greatest blessing in our lives is that for all of our mistakes, and in every way we fall short, Jesus Christ gives us a fresh start every day. Our Savior makes this possible through His merciful and loving atonement. By praying and communicating with God, we can be strengthened each day through Jesus’s atoning power. We can be forgiven for all our mistakes, sins, and weaknesses. Now when I see this enormous bird in our kitchen it reminds me that because of Jesus Christ, each day is a new day to try again. To follow Him. To be like Him. To do the best we can. We can arise and embrace each day as a follower of Christ. And when we fall short, tomorrow is a new day!