My favorite verse of the entire Christmas story is
Luke 2:19 (ESV) “But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.”
This verse follows the telling of the Shepherd’s visit and their account of the message the angels had given them concerning the child (Luke 2:8-18).
The word Ponder brings to mind images of stillness, rest, reflection, a looking upward for insight and understanding.
I imagine Mary sitting, peacefully listening to the shepherds’ excitement and amazement. It doesn’t seem to me that she would have been stirred up by the news. She was likely reflective, quiet, peaceful.
Isn’t it appropriate that the mother of Christ is at peace, holding Him in her lap, at her breast – an image of Peace holding the Peace Child.
After a difficult morning getting kids out the door to school – dealing with anger over ill-fitting shoes, sadness over cold, grey weather – I am craving Peace. A peace that surpasses all understanding.
I think I will continue to crave peace through this Christmas season.
Thank you, Father, for the Mary’s example.
I share the following – a dear friend’s thoughts, captured my own. I think you might find yourself in her words as well.
When my husband & I got married 31 years ago, my sweet aunt made me a Christmas tree skirt.Each year I was supposed to sew on homemade patches to commemorate all the major events that happened that year.It was a wonderful idea, but after about 11 years I gave myself permission to stop.I hate sewing, so I hated seeing it come out of the storage bin each December, knowing that I had to do my duty & keep up with it because…..well, because I was supposed to.Do you have a huge list of things that other people decide that you have to do to celebrate Christmas?Homemade gifts for teachers.An elaborate party for family or neighbors.Christmas cards.Griswold-grade exterior illumination……?These really have nothing to do with the true meaning of Christmas, so give yourself permission this year to do a little less fluff and concentrate more on what is truly important.