Words from the Heart for Friday December 17th, 2021
All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often.
Luke 2:18-19 (NLT)
In Her Heart
According to the University of Manitoba website, “Located in the heart of Canada, Manitoba is an exciting place to live, learn and explore. Manitoba is known for its pristine nature, beautiful landscape, vibrant culture and friendly people. Winnipeg, Manitoba’s capital, is home to 811,900 people and more than 100 ethnic groups speaking over 80 languages. Winnipeg has been called the ‘cultural cradle of Canada’ and is home to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Rainbow Stage’s outdoor theatre and the Winnipeg Art Gallery.”
When a baby is born it is usually a precious time for mom and dad and the baby to bond and to celebrate the arrival of the newest member of the family. Such was not the case on that first Christmas. The event was filled with farm animals, angels and shepherds (sorry, no wise men – they would arrive sometime over the next couple of years). To Mary it must have felt like the world was spinning around her. All of history would be marked by this single event, after all. We live in the year of our Lord 2021. Time is marked by the years before Jesus’ arrival and the years since. So, what was Mary thinking during all of this busy-ness? Luke 2:18-19 tells us: “All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often.” Mary found herself focused on the heart of all that was happening –she had become a mother, and not just any mother. The Messiah had arrived. We need to also hide the mystery of His coming in our hearts as well – not only during this season but always.
These have been words from the heart.