“And all who heard it were amazed at what the
shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured
up all these things and pondered them in her heart.”
– Luke 2:18-19 (NIV)
Jesus must have been the talk of the fields and streets as more and more people heard about His arrival. How did Joseph and Mary handle those who wanted to worship their Babe?
We know Mary wanted time alone with her Father. And because we so often need the same thing, God grants us His gift of solitude–time alone with Him because He wants time alone with each of us.
The gift of solitude and special time with God as if you’re the only person in the world blesses you and pleases Him. Yes, the Christmas season brings activities and parties and fun time with family and friends, but let’s not neglect this special gift because it’s one of God’s favorites, when He gets to spend uninterrupted time with us, talking, listening, quite.
Jesus was human and understood this need and frequently left His disciples and went away to pray to His Father alone, and He was always strengthened afterward. When we claim God’s gift of solitude with Him and take time away to pray, we’re strengthened, too, renewed and reignited. Taking time to “ponder”–to talk and listen to God–will help us learn from the past and plan for the future. God still makes time for all His children, so let’s make time for Him, at Christmas and always.
Father, thank You for the private world we share with You, for Jesus who made it possible at Christmas and always.
Make each family member a little four-page storybook to look at in private time with God–just pieces of construction paper, canvas, or even cut up paper plates stapled together. Pages can be simple drawings, favorite Bible verses, pictures cut from magazines or newspapers, blank pages for adults, or prayers written for little ones.