Key Bible Passage:
But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. (Luke 2:19)
What is it about Christmas that makes us smile, slow down, go on leave or work half-days, and enjoy time with friends and family? Is it the brightly lit streets, the beautiful decorations, the cookies in the oven, or maybe the anticipation of opening presents on Christmas morning? Perhaps it’s because God’s best, most magical work is on display.
Christmas is the fulfillment of many promises by God, promises wrapped up in the baby lying in a humble manger in Bethlehem.
Though no decorations or cookies were set out that first Christmas morning, a tangible sense of awe was present. Mary saw the signs and knew this moment was special. Luke says she treasured these things and pondered them in her heart.
Mary was living through more miracles than she could possibly process in the moment, so she tucked them into the pocket of her soul to take out and examine later.
The beauty of time off, or a slower operational tempo, is the time we are given to search our hearts, speak of the sacred, and consider what really matters. Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still and know that I am God.” Mary treasured these things, pondering them in her heart. Treasuring speaks of value–great value. Pondering speaks to the contemplative life versus the crazy life.
Listening to or reading Matthew 1-2 and John 1-2 every day between now and New Year’s Day (or Epiphany/Three Kings Day if you follow a liturgical calendar) will be time well spent!
- Ask people around you what they treasure most and/or spend time pondering.