Sometimes when I read the Bible, certain verses jump off the page. When Mary let the testimonies of the shepherds sink in, pondering their eyewitness accounts with an angel in her heart, she didn’t overreact. When I was younger, I had a tendency to celebrate too soon. Yet, as I have grown older, I now try to respond like Mary, weighing everything before I come to a conclusion. As an adult, what Christmas means to me now is to be with and spend time with family.
And all who heard it were astounded and marveled at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary was keeping [h]within herself all these things ([i]sayings), weighing and pondering them in her heart, Luke 2:18-19.
Any teenage parent has a lot of their minds. Yet, before Mary could enjoy being a mother, God warns Joseph in a dream to flee. The first few years of Jesus’ birth Mary and Jospeh were on the run, trying to escape King Herod’s decree to kill all baby boys under the age of two. From age 2 to 12, the Bible doesn’t mention Jesus’ life. As Jesus grew up from a child into a young man, Mary likely realized that her son would one day save her soul, Luke 19:10.
by Jay Mankus