Ponder Anew what the Almighty can do.

One of the paragraphs that has always struck me about the Christmas story is in Luke’s Gospel. After the shepherds come to see the baby we read:-
“So the shepherds hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.”
One of the reasons that the paragraph is so striking is Mary’s reaction to the Shepherds tale. She treasured all the things they said and pondered them in her heart. It seems to me that in the 21st century the one thing we do not do at Christmas is ponder. We are not asking what does it all mean? We are not taking the time to sit quietly and meditate on all that the shepherds, the Magi and the young couple experienced. It is all too frenetic, it is all too rushed. There is so much to be done and so little time to do it.
I want to encourage you this advent and Christmas season to make time. Read the prophecies concerning the Messiah in the Old Testament, read the Gospel stories leading up to and including the birth of Christ. Sit quietly in a corner with your bible and ponder, what does this mean for me, for my family, for my church and for my community. A little more pondering and a little less frenetic activity might just make all the difference to your celebration.