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And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.
But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. Luke 2:8-20 (NIV)
But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart
Christmas morning –
Amidst all the torn wrapping paper and empty cardboard boxes,
In between half drunk cups of coffee and cold toast crumbs,
Among the yawns of getting up to early but wasn’t it worth it smiles
Lord thank your for these blessings – all symbols of the priceless gift of love and family that fills my home today.
Lord, I pause and remember the greatest gift of all – Your coming to us – to live among us, to be born like us, to experience walking on earth with us, to die for us.
Like Mary I treasure all these things and tuck them deep within my heart.
I reflect upon that event so long ago and rejoice that our Savoir is born.
I know I cannot fully comprehend the extent of Your love You expressed on the night of Your birth so long ago.
Lord may I have the faith of Mary and a heart to obey You like she did.
May I never get so rushed or overwhelmed that I don’t pause to ponder all that You give me.
I hold dearly the Christmas Treasure You sent all of us.
Lord be born once again in my heart today