Something To Think About

“But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart”

Luke 2:19

She had a lot to think about! The days leading up to the birth of her baby were filled with drama. Not only the visit of the heavenly messenger Gabriel with the startling announcement of the pending birth, but the long tiring journey to Bethlehem where the only accommodation was in a stable. She was, as we know, accompanied and lovingly cared for by her betrothed husband Joseph.

Whether or not a local midwife helped with the birth or how many days passed before it happened we do not know. We can only assume it was soon after their arrival. Then, the unexpected arrival of a group of local shepherds. They too had been visited by an angel with the joyful news “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord”. The record says that after seeing the baby they left and told everyone what they had seen and heard, and that everyone wondered. But; “Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart”.

We can only imagine what it was she ‘pondered’ in her heart as she sat and nursed the one who was born to be “Emmanuel, God with us”. The word ‘ponder’ means to consider or examine attentively and deliberately. It implies a careful weighing of a matter. Mary surely was doing just that. Thinking hard and long. Weighing it all up. Maybe repeating to herself the words she had heard and the promises she had been given.

I believe we all need to do more ‘pondering’! Sitting, resting, thinking and weighing up the promises of God that are ours through Jesus. Be encouraged by the Word of God as you ponder His ways. Be filled with wonder and thanksgiving as you “Look unto Jesus”. Proverbs 4:26 says “Ponder the paths of your feet and let all your ways be established” We believe that “He who has begun a good work in us will surely perfect it…”  In times of uncertainty, let’s ponder on that.

Have a blessed and joyful Christmas,


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