Sunday, December 18, 2011

Monday Manna-December 19-Luke 2:19

                                                              But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.                                                                          
Mary, the mother of Jesus, treasured the words of God that came to her through the conversations, and events of her daily life. Luke tells us, that after the visit of the shepherds sent to adore the newborn child by the angelic choir, "Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart" (Luke 2:19; see also Luke 2:51). Through long years of pondering God's word, and cherishing the memory of these mysterious events in her heart, Mary penetrated the truths they held, and her understanding of them grew. 
I often picture Mary carrying, and guarding, these mysteries in her heart, turning the words and truths over in her mind, as if holding a precious jewel in hand, and turning it over and over, letting the light play on every facet. This is a vivid image, of what it means to meditate.
The idea of meditating may scare some of us away. Isn't that meant for contemplatives, who spend long hours in prayer? Yet meditation on what God has said, and done, should be the business of every Christian.

7 comments:

From the Heart said...

A great post.

Marcia said...

I've often thought about that truth...Mary's ponderings and all the treasures she kept in her heart even when facing what seemed to be the total opposite at times. As a mother, I think about this often. I cannot begin to understand all that Mary endured but God was with her as He is with us.
Thank you for visiting, Denise.
Blessings to you this Christmas.

RCUBEs said...

And what an obedient heart she had willing to follow what God wanted for her to do. Merry Christmas sister and thank you for all that you do to encourage our faith. God bless and love to you.

Cathy said...

Yes, Lord, may we meditate on your Word.

Peggy said...

Blessings Denise,

See I missed this one... although I read it... and then I too pondered these words in my heart!

Let us meditate on these words! Great message! I will treasure your prayers in my heart along with Mary's precious obedient life, as she delivered the baby Lord Jesus, He came to Deliver her...(so the song goes)and "Did Mary Know?" So young, so beautifully chosen and so willingly obedient to God!
May there be more of Mary in me, and may we reflect Jesus more to a world in need of a Deliverer and Savior!

Many blessings and a LOVING hug as I continue to wish you a blessed Christmas frilled with...
Love, hope, peace and JOY,
Peggy

Godsgalnj said...

I never thought about Mary as a meditator... but that is exactly what she did. She pondered all these things in her heart.

Karen said...

Amen...it was a precious jewel...meditating with you, sis...