But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. (ESV)
Mary has just given birth to her first child. She is filled with the exhausted joy of any new mother. There has been quite a bit of media attention with this one. Shepherds have come into town telling everyone of a miraculous visitation by angels telling them that the Savior of the world has just been born.
The people have begun to leave, one or two at a time at first, and then in small groups. The shepherds are going back to their flocks. It is just Mary and Joseph now, and a crying baby boy. The energy and excitement are dying down. It is just a mother and her thoughts.
How have you experienced Jesus this Christmas? What things has He shown you for you to ponder in your heart? Do not rush on to the next thing in life too quickly. Stay for a moment with the new mother, and like her, ponder and dwell on the true things of God.
Copyright © 2013 by Steven R. Perkins