The rush and drama of labor and delivery was over. Mary now nestled the baby Jesus in her arms. The shepherds had returned to their fields. What next?
“Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart” (Luke 2:19).
Mary was soaking it all in. Creating memories. Considering the future. By pondering, she was putting the pieces together. What did this all mean?
I encourage you to explore Max Lucado’s story-based writing about this big moment. https://maxlucado.com/it-began-in-a-manger-christmas/
Pay particular attention to the section called “Mary’s Prayer.” You’ll be drawn into her heartfelt thoughts, focused on the plan of salvation being implemented in her very own son, Jesus.
PRAYER: Dear Jesus, just like your mother, Mary, I treasure Christmas and want to put the pieces together. What does it mean for my life? A new year? As I ponder, guide my thoughts to love and trust in you. Amen.
FURTHER MEDITATION: Commit to spending some quiet time in the different sections of Max Lucado’s writing today.