December 19th

December 19: Luke 2:19-20

Luke 2:19-20  (NIV)

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.


It’s common and expected for a mother to treasure the moments after their child has been welcomed into the world. A new life has come into the world. The little baby is fragile, helpless and eager to be loved. Christmas is a great time to ponder and and think more deeply. It’s a great model for how to better approach Christmas. Jesus is born, and like a mother holding a baby for the first time, we’re invited, yet again, to receive Jesus. To think deeply. To store up these moments of reflection and contemplation in our hearts.

Take time to think. Take time to treasure and enjoy the coming of Jesus into our lives. Don’t move too quickly onto the next thing. Ponder the true meaning of Christmas.


God, the One who forces us to think and feel deeply, open our hearts to the wonders of your presence.

Joe Graves