But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
Mary had just given birth to a child. Jesus, the promised Messiah and Savior, lays before her in a manger. Rejoicing angels announced to the shepherds nearby the joy of God of the birth of his only Son. They hurried to see the newborn Savior. But Mary – in the midst of the excitement and celebration – kept a quiet heart. She thought and marveled at all that was said about the child who was under her and Joseph’s protection and care.
Twelve years later, Mary and Joseph thought they had lost Jesus when they were on their way home after a religious holiday in Jerusalem. When they finally found him in the temple, he explained to them that he must be in his father’s house. And once again:
But his mother treasured all these things in her heart.
How is your heart responding to this Christmas season? Can you slow down a little in the midst of the Christmas festivities? Take time today, like Mary, to reflect, to wonder, and to encounter Jesus.
I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.
Corrie ten Boom, who helped save many Jewish people in Holland during the Holocaust, once described salvation as a “first YES to Jesus.”
Mary, the mother of Jesus, had already said her first YES to God before an angel, a messenger from God, appeared turning her life upside down. This subsequent YES to God’s plan came from a heart that trusted her Lord.
This illegitimate pregnancy could have caused major issues, including the possible loss of her marriage to her fiancé, Joseph. But Mary rejoiced in what she considered the greatest honour that could ever be bestowed on a woman: to be the mother of Jesus, the Savior of the world! She trusted that God, who had chosen her, would also be with her and make a way for her. She could continue to say YES to Him without fear.
What about you? Have you already said your first YES to Jesus? Jesus – the one who knows exactly how it is to grow up on this earth – invites you to give him your trust. Is there something that is holding you back? You can tell him.
Neulich hörte ich, wie eine Mutter ihrem 6-jährigen zum Geburtstag Frieden wünschte. Wir sehnen uns alle nach Frieden. Doch leider leben wir in einer Welt, in der eher Chaos statt Frieden die Norm zu sein scheint.
Wir werden ständig von Tragödien bombardiert, die sich in der Welt ereignen. Sie bedrohen dauernd unser Bedürfnis nach Frieden. Auch Herausforderungen im Alltag können uns verunsichern und uns den inneren Frieden rauben. Zum Beispiel drohende Abgabetermine, geplatzte Verträge mit wichtigen Kunden oder schlechte Nachrichten vom Arzt.
In der Bibel lesen wir, dass wahrer und tiefer Frieden nur in einem unveränderlichen und zuverlässigen Gott zu finden ist. Sie sagt: «Herr, du gibst Frieden dem, der fest an dich hält und dir allein vertraut!»
Dieser Frieden ist unabhängig von den Umständen. Das Chaos existiert weiter, doch wir finden Frieden in Gott, wenn wir ihm vertrauen.
Wirst du heute bei Gott Frieden suchen, inmitten von deinem Chaos?
I had the privilege of growing up in a Christian family where I experienced the power of prayer.In my father’s business, there were about 50 employees who received a monthly salary. Due to massive competition from the Far East and increasing pressure from retailers, he suddenly found himself in a bad financial situation. My mother worked in the accounting department and she quickly realized what was about to happen. All of us children and our mom prayed every evening for God’s intervention. – Unexpectedly, my father received an offer to sell the company. It was the answer from God avoiding bankruptcy.
In the meantime, 55 years have passed and I have experienced many more miracles from God. There are times when we can talk to people about God. In many more situations it is worth talking to God about people’s problems.Often little to nothing happens immediately. But God hears our earnest prayer and acts as is best for us.
What is your experience with this?
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.
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