There is a simple verse that I love; one that is quietly tucked into the Christmas story. The shepherds have just visited the holy family, and are now travelling to spread the news.
And then there it is, Luke 2:19:
“But Mary treasured up these things, and pondered them in her heart.”
I feel like in our rushed, broken, busy lives, this verse can speak more to us than all the descriptions of wise men and singing angels.
Yes, the Christmas story is, at its core, a telling the miracle of the birth of Jesus. But I like the story this verse tells.
Mary treasured her memories of that day, and would think over them often.
For me, it was when my brother pulled my hand close to him after his heart surgery; when my nephew closed his eyes and leaned in for extra kisses; when one of my best friends hugged me tight and cried with me when I had just been layed off. These were huge, emotional moments in my year. But they didn’t earn a spot on my Facebook “year in review.”
These are moments that are purely based on emotion, love and closeness. Moments that can only be captured by the heart.
What are these moments for you this year? These are the moments that matter. These are the moments that Christmas is all about.
Treasure up all these things…