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Treasure This Season

December 11, 2012

Mary Jesus

Yesterday was my youngest daughter’s birthday.

My baby turned 5 years old! She was the diva birthday princess all day long. We had birthday festivities planned to make her day special, and by the time I finally got this sugar-filled, not-so-little-anymore girl to bed, I was exhausted.

Once everybody was tucked into bed, I enjoyed a quiet house as I curled up in front of the lighted Christmas tree. I was alone with my thoughts for a long time. I replayed the day of my daughter’s birth in my mind. (I can’t remember to pick up bread at the grocery, but I can remember each detail of my daughter’s birth.) I thought of all the orneriness she brought us in her toddler years, all the silly things she’s done, and how proud I am of the little girl she is now.

I started to cry thinking how fast it all goes. I pulled my hair out when she was 2 years old, but now I want to go back to those days. I smiled to myself, thanking God abundantly for the blessing of this little girl.

Last night was a gift—to be able to sit quietly and treasure these things in my heart.

It reminded of what Mary must have done the night Jesus was born.

“Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.”

She has been through so much as a young woman—an engagement, a conception by the Holy Spirit, an almost divorce, a tumultuous trip to Bethlehem. And then, with her sleeping baby in her arms, she treasured up all her thoughts, feelings, emotions, hopes, and dreams for this child—this Holy Child—and pondered them all in her heart.

Being the mother of the Son of God, surely she knew what difficulties were ahead for her son. But that night … in a stable under a star-filled sky … that night she just held him in her arms and knew Jesus was with her. He was all hers.

Being a child of God, surely you know that difficulties are most likely ahead for you. Nobody escapes it. But this Christmas season … in your home underneath a star-filled sky … this season just let God hold you in His arms and know that Jesus is with you.

And you are all His.

“Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart” (Luke 2:19, NIV).

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. December 11, 2012 11:32 am

    Beautiful post, Christi. I bet she’s adorable.

    Luke 2:19 is one of my favorite Bible verses, probably because I go and go and go. Pondering sounds like a wonderful luxury and lesson. I hope to do more of it in 2013. Maybe that will be my word of the year. Thanks.

    • December 11, 2012 12:16 pm

      It is a great word, isn’t it? It’s a word that somehow brings a stillness over you, I think. One little word that means so much. I think it would be your word for 2013! 🙂

  2. December 11, 2012 1:23 pm

    Loved this! Our affinity with Mary increases as we experience motherhood – the joy and the horror she experienced as the mother of God. Priceless treasure…

    • December 11, 2012 2:40 pm

      You are right–it does increase. And the cross is more meaningful than ever by looking at it through a mother’s eyes.

  3. January 8, 2013 8:57 pm

    Your story of you little Princess Diva and thoughts about Mary…so sweet! I am reminded of one of my favorite Christmas songs….Mary, Did You Know. That song really touches my heart…as did this post.

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