Luke 2:19 – Mary reflects on events

But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart.

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Amidst the glorious voice of the angels and the joyful energy of the shepherds, we now read of a quiet, reflective Mary, storing away memories and trying to understand the events of this night. There is a sense in this short verse of how overwhelming this was for Mary – a young mother, who had just given birth to her first child, visited by shepherds sharing tales of more angels and proclaiming a saviour. And as Mary ponders these things, perhaps there is a growing awareness of all that her child is destined for. As she treasures these memories, the reading hints at both Mary’s tender love for her baby, as well as the gradual realization of the immensity of what lies ahead. Throughout all this is a persistent feeling of gratitude for God’s love for the world and the way in which God treasures each one of us.

Breathtaking God, on the eve of our celebration of the birth of Your son, Jesus, quiet our lives for a moment that we might treasure and give thanks for Your love for us. You tenderly embrace us, watching over us each day, and keeping us as close to Your loving kindness as we will let You. Open our hearts to accept You more fully, with joy and gratitude. Amen.

Thank you for joining us on this prayerful path through Advent.
Blessings and best wishes for 2019.


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