December 13

Luke 1: 38 “Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord: let it be with me according to your word.”

Luke 2: 19-20 "Mary kept all these things to herself, holding them dear, deep within herself.  The sheepherders returned and let loose, glorifying and praising God for everything they had heard and seen.  It turned out exactly the way they’d been told!"

The season of Advent and Christmas holds many memories for each of us.  What does Christmas look like, feel like, taste like, smell like, or sound like to you?  What do you think about when you think of Christmas?  You may have memories that bring tears to your eyes because they are so special, and then you may have memories that you wish to keep hidden because they are too painful to relive.

Mary must have had some of those same feelings as she thought about her Christmas memories.  She must have thought many times of those memories of that first Christmas when Jesus was born in that stable in Bethlehem. 

As you head on that journey to Bethlehem and Christmas Day may you think of your memories and rejoice in those happy times, and share memories of despair or sadness with a friend or with God in prayer.  Know that you are not alone, for Jesus was born this day for you.

(pictured above:  "Adoration of the Shepherds" by Gerard van Honthorst, 1622.)

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