But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
It is the day before Christmas, and for many of us, our abodes might not be the idyllic picture that the carols or the Christmas cards are trying to paint. But you know what? That is OK!
I can recall another place where things were not proper, where people were still trying to make it work, where family is coming to town and the rooms are not ready, where food is still cooking, and life just looks like a big mess.
And in the midst of all that, something marvelous happens! A baby is born! For a moment a glimpse of heaven can be seen in that little town of Bethlehem! As the story goes, a stable with all its mess, noise and unpleasantness becomes something so beautiful, so meaningful and might i dare say “heavenly”.
Here we find Mary, Joseph, shepherd and all, enjoying and taking in that very precious moment when the Son of God is born. Now that is something to ponder and treasure.
Christmas is messy! Christmas is stressful, full of things we want to control but cannot! Christmas is noisy! Christmas is ……
But with all that Christmas is also the place where heaven reaches down, where we can see glimpses of heavens in those around us, where peace and goodwill takes holds of our hearts and minds, and where you get to experience some precious moments with family and friends. And that is something that will help us remember Christmas all year-long. Because at the end of the night, when all is calm we understand the Child that was born is the Prince of Peace, Our Shepherd and Counselor not just for a night but for every day of our lives.
Merry Christmas! Enjoy your Bethlehem today! Make memories that you will cherish for a long time! Enjoy the peace that Christ brings!