Monday 13 December, 2021

Luke 2:15-20

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” 16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

Two pictures stand out to me from this passage – the shepherds running into town to see what the angels had told them about and Mary watching carefully all that was going on around her and storing those memories quite deliberately as she took on the role of caring for this child – Jesus.

While the shepherds did see something amazing that would have stirred them up and made them wonder, it is still a big deal to run off in the middle of the night to chase down what it is that God has spoken to you about. Leaving their flocks is not something they did lightly. Do we take God as seriously? Do we hear His words and get excited and rush to see how they will come to pass? Often, we don’t. We just continue with our lives, remembering that He spoke to us, but being too overwhelmed, too scared or too busy to act on the idea or to go and see what God is doing.

Storing up in our hearts and minds the things that God has done in our lives is such a good thing to do. We need to revisit those times where God held us, helped us, made something come to pass that we couldn’t have ever expected. We also need to regularly visit the promises He made and the descriptions of His character so that we know we can rely on Him, that He is always beside us, always loving us and always for us. It’s easy to get distracted by circumstances and forget what He has promised. We need to remember.

Thank you Jesus, for coming to live amongst us and for everything you do. Help us to get excited by your words, pictures and promises and to seek you out and to remember all those amazing times in our lives when we knew you were there, especially when things are not travelling as well. Amen

Written by Therese Manning

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