Wednesday, December 21, 2011

To be a Ponderer

And all who heard it were astounded 
and marveled at what the shepherds told them.
But Mary was keeping within herself all these things, 
weighing and pondering them in her heart. Luke 2
Mary is one who not only took in the wonders of the season
but treasured them and pondered them in her heart.
I want to be a ponderer like Mary.
Anyone can be astonished at wonder.
But not everyone treasures and ponders beyond.
There are so many things to ponder.
A light shines in the darkness 
but the darkness does not overcome it.
The houses with the brightest lights 
do not necessarily best represent Christmas.
A quietly lit tree may speak the loudest.
The light that shines alone is the more defiant light.
It doesn't take over the darkness;
it says that despite all the darkness, 
this light will still shine.
Something to ponder.
She wrapped him in cloths 
and placed him in a manger, 
because there was no guest room available for them.
The paradox of love incarnated 
placed in a feeding troth, 
love that would later appear as the Bread of Life.
He came to a world that had no room for Him,
then and now.
The darkness and the hostile world
still try to relegate Him to somewhere outside.
But His wonder comes to defy both the darkness
and the hostile.
I want to ponder these things deeply in my heart.
Keeping these things and treasuring them.
I want to be a ponderer.

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