‘Tis the Season

Tucked away in the account of the Christmas story in Luke, chapter two, is a verse that speaks to the heart of a mother.

Luke 2:18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.

Scripture does not elaborate on exactly what Mary pondered, although we know she was thinking about all of the strange and miraculous occurrences that surrounded her Son’s birth. We just know thoughts and emotions were tumbling around in her young heart.

This Christmas season, I find myself, like Mary, drawn to pondering.

‘Tis the season to ponder

  • the unthinkable love of God that caused Him to humble Himself to come to this earth.
  • the song of the angels that announced God’s good intentions toward people.
  • the humility of the shepherds who left their business to hurry and see a tiny baby.
  • the light of the star so bright that it caught the attention of Magi hundreds of miles away.
  • the Lord of the Universe wrapped in swaddling clothes.
  • the Word made flesh that lived among us.
  • the Light that has dawned in millions of hearts since the Light of the World was born.
  • the unspeakable riches that God gives to us in His Son, Christ Jesus.

How appropriate that the season in which we remember our Savior’s birth comes at the darkest part of the year! All the better to ponder His light!

How wonderful that we can ponder the riches of His glory and rejoice in the wonder of His grace!

“Let every heart prepare Him room, and Heaven and nature sing!”1

‘Tis the season.

Colossians 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

John 1: 14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

1 Joy to the World, lyrics by Isaac Watts, 1719

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