“But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.”
Mary pondered and treasured , two words that sum up the practice of Advent. The deeper definitions of those words mean that Mary was soaking in every single moment, playing each one over and over. She didn’t want to forget one thing.
It is the very essence of Advent to remind us to sit, to reflect, to treasure, and to ponder it all in our hearts. It is my practice to light my Advent candles and let them burn all day Christmas Eve and then again on Christmas Day.
This Advent season, I have held tightly to the promise that He is Immanuel, He is God with me always. I am profoundly grateful for His love. The love of Jesus is never ending, unrelenting, and ever present.
I pray we remain full of His Hope, His Peace, His Joy, and His Love.
“While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them…. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” Luke 2:6-7 &19
Jesus thank you for the love you give without hesitation and thank you for all of the ways you sing over us. Help us to love better, to love well. May our hearts linger in the wonder of your love and be compelled to love those you put across our path this season. Thank you for giving us your hope, peace, joy, and love to hold onto in the best of times and the hardest of times. Thank you that you are Immanuel.