For Unto Us a Savior is Born

From the heart of Dr. Kristi Lemley

Most parents when they hold their baby for the first time envision great plans for their child. The love they feel is overwhelming and can even tend to worry if they will be good parents. How do you think Mary felt? Can you picture her holding Jesus and looking down at Him with such great love and wondering if everything spoken to her about Him would come to pass.

One of my favorite Christmas scriptures is when the shepherds came to find Jesus and told Joseph and Mary all that the angels had revealed to them and Luke 2:19 (NIV) reads, "But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart."  

She pondered them in her heart. What does ponder mean? Merriam-Webster states that ponder means to think or consider especially quietly, soberly, and deeply. Mary did not hear these things in one ear and let them go out the other. She received the words and reflected on them in a serious and deep manner.

Christmas can be a time of hustle and bustle. Last minute shopping, menus to plan, and travel arrangements can overshadow the reality of the birth of our Savior. The Savior of the world came to seek and save those who are lost. That is you and I.

What would happen if during this season, we pondered the words of our Lord in our heart? What would look different in our lives if this transpired? Would we cancel a few things to create space for this time of meditation? Would we prioritize people over tasks? Would we still expect perfection from ourselves regarding decorating, baking, cooking, or present giving?

Today, block out some time to ponder what Christmas really means. The Lover of your soul has come to bring hope, healing, and eternal life. Now that will blow your mind!

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