Pondering Christmas

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"So they ran into town, and eventually they found Mary and Joseph and the baby lying in the feeding trough. After they saw the baby, they spread the story of what they had experienced and what had been said to them about this child. Everyone who heard their story couldn’t stop thinking about its meaning. Mary, too, pondered all of these events, treasuring each memory in her heart. The shepherds returned to their flocks, praising God for all they had seen and heard, and they glorified God for the way the experience had unfolded just as the heavenly messenger had predicted." — Luke 2:16–20
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"I will meditate on your precepts and focus on your behavior." - Psalm 119:15

The best Christmas moments are the quiet ones, and the best reflections of Christmas take place in the mirror of our own hearts. Have you taken time during Advent to be quiet before the Lord? Have you listened for His still small voice? No worry, if you have not, for you still have this Christmas season, from Christmas day until the 5th of January (the 12 Days of Christmas) to quiet your heart and soul before Him!

One verse in the Bible tells us exactly how to celebrate Christmas, and who better than Mary herself to set the example? Luke 2:19 says, "But Mary treasured up all these words, pondering in her heart what they might mean."

Pondering is a word worth...well,...pondering. According to the dictionary, it means "to weigh in the mind, to think about, to reflect on." This describes a biblical pattern, for the psalmist wrote: "Reflect in your heart and be still...I will reflect on all You have done and meditate on Your actions...I reflect on the work of Your hands" (Psalm 4:4; 77:12; 143:5).
"Sober reflection is good for the heart," says Ecclesiastes 7:3 (NET)...How wonderful to reflect on the timeless story of Jesus, keeping it in mind and pondering these things in your heart.

"So they ran into town, and eventually they found Mary and Joseph and the baby lying in the feeding trough. After they saw the baby, they spread the story of what they had experienced and what had been said to them about this child. Everyone who heard their story couldn’t stop thinking about its meaning. Mary, too, pondered all of these events, treasuring each memory in her heart. The shepherds returned to their flocks, praising God for all they had seen and heard, and they glorified God for the way the experience had unfolded just as the heavenly messenger had predicted." — Luke 2:16–20

I will remember the works of the Lord; Surely I will remember Your wonders of old. I will also meditate on all Your work, And talk of Your deeds. Your way, O God, is in the sanctuary; Who is so great a God as our God? You are the God who does wonders. — Psalm 77:11–14

There are times when solitude is better than company, and silence is wiser than speech. We would be better Christians if we were alone more often, waiting on God and gathering through meditation on His Word spiritual strength for service in His kingdom. We ought to ponder the things of God, because that is how we get the real nutriment out of them.

Prayer: 
Deliver us, O Lord, from such folly, and may this be our resolve this day: "I will meditate on your precepts." Amen.
Date: 
Dec 27 2017