Words from the Heart for Friday December 16th, 2016

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)

Keeping Them in Her Heart

Worship begins by seeing and delighting. Open your eyes to the wonder of God. Don’t rush past His marvelous work. Savour His glory. Let wonder fill your soul. Sing from your heart praises to God at how great He is!

Listen to Words from the Heart

Devotion

I found an interesting website on Canadian stereotypes and misconceptions. They include such things as its always cold and we all speak French. I liked what the author of the website said about why we sew a Canadian flag on our backpacks: “Canadian’s sew our flags on our backpack because we are very patriotic. When Dave and I travel, we love to represent Canada. We love our country and let’s face it, not a lot of people even give Canada a second thought on the world stage. But when travelling, we certainly make the world stand up and take notice. Our flag is everywhere and whenever we see one, we stop to say hello.” I love what the website says to the stereotype that all Canadians love hockey and know how to skate – okay, that one is true!

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We live such busy lives we don’t leave much time for reflection. This is not Biblical. In spite of the constant pull of ministry and the needs of the people who flocked around him, Jesus was continually taking time with the Heavenly Father to get His direction and empowerment for the task He had come to do. And we have another wonderful example of this. On the day that Jesus was born, all sorts of activity was taking place. The wonderful Christmas carol “Silent Night” is well loved but isn’t historically accurate. It was anything but silent. Both heaven and earth were alive with activity that night. Angels gathered in the skies pronouncing the arrival of the Messiah. Shepherds heading to the birth site which is filled with both two legged and four legged life. In the midst of all of that busyness and mayhem there is one person who remains calm and introspective. Luke 2:18-19 says “All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often.” Mary was a picture of peace in the midst of the hubbub taking place around her. Her focus was on the Lord and on what He was doing in her and around her. She was one of just a few who understood fully the implications of the arrival of this little baby Jesus. We understand it, and like Mary, in the busyness of this season, we need to take time to ponder.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley