When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 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.
The Christmas season can require a lot out of us. Holiday parties, shopping, hosting family, and decorating the house can fill the weeks leading up to it. After the hustle and bustle of going to a church service, having a meal, and opening presents, it’s all over. The morning after Christmas can sometimes feel a little bit like we’re going through a break up. So much of our energy and expectations were invested in creating incredible moments that we’d remember for a lifetime, but, in a snap, the countdown begins to next year… and the moments we worked so hard to create, can quickly fade away.
Mary’s life was radically changed from the moment Gabriel told her she would become pregnant with the Messiah. The months leading up to Jesus’s birth were filled with physical strain of pregnancy, the emotional strain of trying to explain it was a supernatural pregnancy, and culminated in an amazing moment that changed history forever. As soon as Jesus was born, He required the same attention and energy as any other young child. It could have been so easy for Mary to forget the story that had been written over the previous nine months. Verse 19 says that “she treasured all of these things.” It brings the mental image that, in a quiet moment, she paused to reflect on the amazing story that God was writing all around her.
In the quietness that sets in the day after Christmas, what things can you thank God for that have happened in this season and year?
Prayer: Thank You for all the great ways You’ve blessed me this year. Regardless of my circumstances, I’m grateful for your love and grace. Help me to have the discipline to slow down and remember who You are and all You’ve done for me. Amen.