November 21, 2017

Reflecting and Rejoicing

Christmas Day may be over, but the reason for Christmas never diminishes. As Tiny Tim says in The Christmas Carol, we must remember to keep Christmas in our hearts all year round. We must remember the birth of Christ all year round.

Consider the narrative of Luke 2. After Christ is born, we see the responses of both the shepherds and the mother:“But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them” (Luke 2:19-20).

What is your response to “all these things”? Do you treasure them, keeping them in your heart and savoring their truth and hope? Do you rejoice in the news of our Savior’s birth? Do you share the news with others around you, as the shepherds passed it on to their world at the time?

It is important to retain the knowledge of these events and to internalize their significance. We are told that Mary “pondered them in her heart.” She contemplated them, mused over them, spent time ruminating on them and really considering the meaning of those events. She reflected deeply on what had happened and on what would happen in the future.

It is also important that we rejoice in these events, even as the shepherds returned to their fields “glorifying and praising God.” They were not afraid to let the world know what they had just witnessed. They courageously shared the news of the Baby’s birth with everyone around them. They rejoiced in His coming to earth! It was not “old news” to them or just another way to pass the time; they took the truth of God’s coming to heart and let the whole world know!

So what is your response to Christmas? When was the last time you shared the good news of Christ’s coming to earth with someone else? Have you treasured that good news in your heart, meditating and reflecting on it throughout the year? Does Christ’s birth make a difference in your life, or is it just a reason to party and gather with family once a year?

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