Captured by Mary’s Awe

Mary

“But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart” (Luke 2:19, NKJV).

Rushed, excited shepherds breathlessly telling their story. A sky full of angels, ablaze with glory, they said. The little town abuzz with the news. Mary sat in deep thought, absorbing all of this. But most of all, she looked fixedly at the breathtaking newborn in her arms. All-encompassing peace emanated powerfully from His tiny body, coursing through her being.

We ached for You for so long… You are finally here! You have come to us! How, how have You taken this shape?? How, HOW is it that I get to hold You? she whispered to Him, in awe. She kissed His perfect forehead. His beautiful, vulnerable baby eyes looked up into hers. She gazed into them, lost in absolute wonder.

The Savior of the world had subjected Himself to the need to be held by her human arms. To the need to be nursed at her breast. To the need to be cuddled so very close and cherished. Everything inside of the young mother rose up in response, pouring out all her overwhelmed love to Him. She clutched Him tenderly to her bosom, drinking in His nearness, drinking in the connection of His absolute dependency on her. She treasured these moments fiercely, pondering them in her heart with exultation.

Mary set the example for us. That first starry Christmas night, she showed us the correct posture for our own hearts. Keeping these things. Absorbing them into the very depths of our souls. Pondering them with all the passion of our inner being.

I read this relevant quote the other day, and found it so apt:

“To not pay attention is to miss the wonder of being alive… In these days of multitasking, social media, and dawn-to-dusk rushing around, I wonder if we’re going too fast to do so. Or if we’ve fooled ourselves into believing that we’re accomplishing so much, when what we’re really doing is making treasure of the trivial…”

This Advent, let’s let Mary’s awe capture our hearts. Let’s keep these things and ponder them in our hearts, as she did. Let’s quiet ourselves completely and lean in to listen to Holy Spirit’s magnificent whisper. In the stillness, let’s let the astonishing wonder of our Savior’s coming overwhelm our spirits once again with hushed, gentle peace.

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If you use Spotify, check out this beautiful new song. I think it captures some of the wonder: https://open.spotify.com/track/4a37BnXhhtW7TNhIh6MPpy

Did you get a chance to listen? What did you think?

 

*52 Little Lessons from A Christmas Carol by Bob Welch, copyright Thomas Nelson

 

 

8 thoughts on “Captured by Mary’s Awe

  1. “. . .making treasure of the trivial. . . ” No question this is true. Much of what we expend energy worrying about winds up trivial in the grand scheme of things. There is so much we can learn from the lady Catholics call the Blessed Mother, and you highlight it nicely here. — Mike

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  2. Beautiful, Jennifer. It is so easy to forget the awe of that first Christmas and all the Christmases that have followed it. I hear your call to respond this year with Mary’s wonder. May this year be different. May this year be a time when people – all people – stop and wonder at the crib of the Baby from Nazareth. God bless you and your family this Christmas-time.

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  3. Thank you Jennifer. Indeed if we ever let the commercialism of our world take over from the innocence and wonder of what Christmas can be when we STOP and truly wonder at what that very first Christmas must have been like for the people involved. May all across this world God somehow be able to reach the lives and hearts of all who STOP and THINK what the Season is all about. Christmas 2018 we remember His Birthday. Strength for 2019 to LIVE for HIM.

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  4. Wonderful article! I loved “Mary set the example for us. That first starry Christmas night, she showed us the correct posture for our own hearts. Keeping these things. Absorbing them into the very depths of our souls. Pondering them with all the passion of our inner being.” I want the posture of my heart to “keep those things” & “ponder them with all the passion of my inner being!” I also loved the “relevant quote” you used: “To not pay attention is to miss the wonder of being alive… In these days of multitasking, social media, and dawn-to-dusk rushing around, I wonder if we’re going too fast to do so. Or if we’ve fooled ourselves into believing that we’re accomplishing so much, when what we’re really doing is making treasure of the trivial…” I really want to ensure that I don’t “treasure the trivial” & strive to cherish the Chosen One above all things.
    I did get a chance to listen to “Face of God” & it gave me goosebumps! What a beautiful, beautiful song! I’ll have to learn it so I can sing it with my Bible study worship team. Thank you for sharing the link. Blessings in Christ.

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    1. I am so glad to hear from you, Heidi! And truly rejoice that this post was encouraging to you. Daddy God is so good. Thank you for sharing your heart and your thoughts! How wonderful too that you enjoyed the song. I love pretty much everything Phil Wickham sings, but this one is extra special for sure 🙂 Have a beautiful, Merry Christmas, full of His presence and His love!

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