Treasures of the Heart

“But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart.” (Luke 2: 19) The heart and mind of Mary.  What was it like to be Mary as the shepherds retold their story to her and Joseph in their stable setting?  So much had already happened to Mary.  From Gabriel’s visit announcing to her the impending pregnancy,Continue reading “Treasures of the Heart”

When Heaven Moves

“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!” (Luke 2: 13-14)          It was no longer a silent night on the Bethlehem hillside.  The shepherds were suddenly met with a chorus ofContinue reading “When Heaven Moves”

Ordinary People

“In that region, there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.” (Luke 2: 8-9)          For the first time, unnamed individuals enter the Christmas story.  Shepherds watching over theirContinue reading “Ordinary People”

Remember Your Past

“He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham, and to his descendants forever.” (Luke 1: 54-56)          As Mary concludes her song of praise, she remembers that she is part of a larger story.  Mary does not live as an island to herself,Continue reading “Remember Your Past”

The Work of the Spirit

The angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore, the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God.” (Luke 1:35) Mary faced a seemingly impossible scenario: giving birth while still a virgin.  She had already askedContinue reading “The Work of the Spirit”