“But Mary treasured all these things and pondered them in her heart.” Luke 2:19
MARY A MODEL… ALL YEAR ROUND
One of the Glories of the Christ-story is the fact that Christ Himself is relevant all year, not just during Advent or Christmas. And, one of the many “every-day” lessons we can learn from the story we learn from His mother, Mary.
Like reports that an angel of the Lord (Luke 2:9), and soon after “great company of the heavenly hosts” (v13) proclaimed God’s sending of His Messiah. Understandably, the shepherds excitedly “spread the word” (v17) and other people were “amazed” (v18), undoubtedly talking about it. “But” – a three-letter word worthy of attention-Mary “treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart” (v19).
Treasuring and pondering…this takes time. One has to slow down, maybe even “stop,” in order to treasure up and ponder. That Mary would be drawn to such reflection is, of course, understandable when one considers her utterly unique and profoundly intimate participation in the Christ-drama. Yet, she (Luke 1:38) is a model for us. She had the depth and presence of spirit to treasure and ponder. She may have talked, she may have discussed, but the Gospel account draws attention to the fact that she treasured and pondered.
It has become common to observe that during Advent and Christmas, we often find ourselves busier, more hurried even than other times of the year. Yet the fact is that in our culture most of us are terribly busy, terribly hurried all the time. And, yes, often we are even more so during the Advent and Christmas.
Perhaps one of the greatest gifts that we can receive this year through the Holy Spirit is the model of Mary, treasuring and pondering. Week-by-week, day-by-day, simply pause…to reflect on God’s good gifts, God’s promises, God’s work in our lives, and beyond. This is one of the gifts of Christmas that we can receive all year ‘round.
“Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” 2 Corinthians 9:15
In Joyful surrender,
Text taken from Christmas Devotion from Denver Seminary.
Author Dr. W. David Buschart, Professor of Theology and Historical Studies