Treasure and Ponder

Luke 2:19

It’s been a messy wet Christmas Eve, and the tree lights twinkle much like the hope stirring in my heart.  I read the Christmas Story in Luke and this verse stood out to me:

But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.  Luke 2:19

The angel Gabriel had told her that she would be the mother of Jesus and the final sentence of his message was:  For nothing will be impossible with God. 

And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.”  Luke 1:38

She believed what seemed impossible.  She didn’t know all of the specifics or how it would all come to pass but she trusted God.

And then the night came when the star was shining bright in the dark sky and she gave birth to baby Jesus.  When the shepherds arrived to see the baby in the manger they could not help but share their news, and everyone who heard it was amazed.

BUT Mary.  She treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.

She had witnessed God work mightily in her life.  She heard His promise.  Carrying the baby inside her for nine months stretched her body and her faith.

She knew God was faithful.  She knew without a doubt that He could be trusted.  He had given her Joseph, who loved her and stood by her. Her time with Elizabeth encouraged her and they rejoiced together!

And now.  She held close to her heart the Savior of the world.  She nursed the baby who would provide the very bread of life.  She held the hope in her arms.  Her long-awaited hope had arrived.

In the stench of the messy stable, she treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.

We can hold that same hope in this smelly, sometimes chaotic life.

God is faithful.

He can be trusted.

We may not know how it’s going to happen, and quite frankly we may even at times think it is simply impossible.  In those moments may we remember that nothing is impossible with God, and no word from God will ever fail (Luke 1:37).

So tonight as the lights twinkle, may our hope shine bright.  May we reflect on His goodness, and all of His faithfulness.  Let’s praise Him for those who have stood by us and encouraged us.  May we take the time to rejoice with others who need our encouragement.

Remember, treasure, and ponder.

As we hold tightly to our own hope tonight, let’s treasure up all of these things and ponder them deep inside of our heart.

God loves us and we are blessed to believe that the Lord would fulfill his promises to us!

Merry Christmas!

Linking up with Jennifer Dukes Lee

Meredith Bernard

The Stillness of Christmas

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This Christmas has been quiet, and thoughtful.  Our Christmas Tree was our Jesse Tree this year and we read The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp for advent each evening.

We did our shopping online, and we picked up gift cards at the kiosk at the grocery store.  We celebrated with family the weekend prior to Christmas and on Christmas Eve we rushed to leave work so we could  get to the service at our church.  We were a few minutes late so we sat on the back row, and my four year old curled up in my lap and took the sweetest nap during that service.  I sat and held him as they sang carols and read scripture, and I just sat still capturing that moment, that love.

Be Still And Know…..

And in the quiet, O Holy Night….. I hear “til He appeared and the soul felt its worth, a thrill of hope the weary world rejoices.”   Christmas Carols softly speaking to me in deep places….in the quiet stillness.

Today we stayed in our “Christmas Jammies” all day.  We played with toys and stayed inside.  It was incredibly quiet and peaceful… like the Best Christmas Ever peaceful.   And tonight, we had dinner theatre and watched the Christmas Story while we ate our ham rolls.  We turned the lights out and ate in the dark with the laptop on the table and we watched.  Again, I was still.  Just taking it in.

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And in this animated story Elizabeth said to Mary, “you are blessed because you believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to you.”  I had to look it up to see if that was actual text or just part of the animation, and there it was:

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And then a few verses back, the angel appeared to Mary and told her all that would take place – the angel ends in verse 37 with “For no word from God will ever fail.”

The angel told Mary something that seemed impossible, something that seemed incredible, something that seemed so beyond her.   Yet, her response in verse 38 was this:  “I am the Lord’s servant.  May your word to me be fulfilled.”

When the angel left her, she went to visit Elizabeth.  Elizabeth said to her, “Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”

Mary’s Song (Luke 1:46-48)

Mary’s said, “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant.”

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As we sang Happy Birthday to Jesus tonight and blew out the candle, I thought of Mary and the lessons she taught me this Christmas:

  1. Be still and listen for God
  2. Don’t doubt, don’t worry, don’t be afraid
  3. I am not alone, as the Holy Spirit is my helper
  4. Let my first response be, “I am the Lord’s servant”
  5. Believe that the Lord will fulfill his promises to me
  6. Remember that no word from God will ever fail
  7. Reflect on My Song – and how I rejoice in His goodness!

What about you?  When you read this verse in Luke 1:45,

“Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her!”

What comes to mind for you?  Has God spoken His promises to your heart?  How do you/did you overcome doubt, worry and fear?  Reflect on Your Song – what does it look like for you?

Merry Christmas to you and Happy Birthday Jesus!

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