“But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart”
Constantly connected. Near and far. We live in a global age when nothing escapes our attention. It allows us all to express our creativity; to share our news, pictures and videos with people far and wide - to chip in with the witty comment or astute observation – or bad joke! Yet, perhaps in this frantic, here today, gone tomorrow world, we are in danger of missing everything. It’s meaning and significance because things only touch us briefly, for a moment, and then they are gone.
Mary, the mother of Jesus, was suddenly thrust into a whirlwind of a globally connected world. So fast that she must have been in danger of being overwhelmed by events that seemed to overtake her. Into life in a small country town there came news of an unexpected pregnancy and a son who would be a great ruler. Travelling from there across the country because of government regulations and struggling to find a place to stay. Stories of angels singing of “peace on earth”, bringing rough and ready shepherds, bursting in like the paparazzi trying to get a glimpse of a celebrity mother in the maternity ward.
Overwhelming! In our too often fast paced lives we, too, might miss out on the significance of these events. So maybe, this advent, we need to take heed of Mary’s response. To pause our apparent creativity so as to allow God to be creative in us. Bringing to birth in us new life, new hope, a new appreciation of wonder and of his love in the coming of Jesus.
Take some time to ponder the mystery of God’s love.
Write a poem or draw a picture that says something about what Christmas means to you.