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[15]When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, "Come on, let's go to Bethlehem! Let's see this wonderful thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."
[16] They ran to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. [17] Then the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. [18] All who heard the shepherds' story were astonished, [19] but Mary quietly treasured these things in her heart and thought about them often. [20] The shepherds went back to their fields and flocks, glorifying and praising God for what the angels had told them, and because they had seen the child, just as the angel had said.

Luke 2:15-20

It must have been a wonderful sort of night. Really let yourself step into the story of that first Christmas night.

Think about a group of shepherds watching a flock of sheep in a field when, suddenly, the night sky is lit up by angels, speaking to them and singing about the birth of the Messiah. Think about a young pregnant girl giving birth to her first child in a small stable with the sheep and cows sitting nearby. Think about the concern of that girl’s new husband, helping to deliver the child he knew wasn’t his, trusting an angel’s message and God’s promise.

“But Mary quietly treasured these things in her heart and thought about them often.” That line gets me every time I read the Christmas story.

It just hangs there for me.

It seems easy for us to get caught up in the rush of the holiday season, with gifts and parties and family gatherings. I’m sure it would have been easy to get caught up in the rush of that first Christmas. But Mary treasured the moments, soaking in all that God was doing.

May you make time to step away from the rush. May you see what God is doing around you. May you treasure God’s activity in your life and think about it often.

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