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The best Christmas moments are the quiet ones, and the best reflection of Christmas takes place in the mirror of our own hearts.

One verse in the Bible tells us exactly how to celebrate Christmas, and who better than Mary herself to set the example? Luke 2:19 says, “But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.”Pondering is a word worth pondering. According to the dictionary, it means “to weigh in the mind, to think about, to reflect on.” This describes a biblical pattern, for the psalmist wrote: “Reflect in your heart and be still. . . . I will reflect on all You have done and meditate on Your actions. . . . I reflect on the work of Your hands” (Psalm 4:4; 77:12; 143:5 HCSB).

“Sober reflection is good for the heart,” says Ecclesiastes 7:3 (NET). . . .

How wonderful to reflect on the timeless story of Jesus, keeping it in mind and pondering these things in your heart.

So they ran into town, and eventually they found Mary and Joseph and the baby lying in the feeding trough. After they saw the baby, they spread the story of what they had experienced and what had been said to them about this child. Everyone who heard their story couldn’t stop thinking about its meaning. Mary, too, pondered all of these events, treasuring each memory in her heart.

The shepherds returned to their flocks, praising God for all they had seen and heard, and they glorified God for the way the experience had unfolded just as the heavenly messenger had predicted. — Luke 2:16–20 the voice

I will remember the works of the Lord; Surely I will remember Your wonders of old. I will also meditate on all Your work, And talk of Your deeds. Your way, O God, is in the sanctuary; Who is so great a God as our God? You are the God who does wonders. — Psalm 77:11–14

From Joy for the Journey: Morning and Evening © 2014 by Thomas Nelson (Thomas Nelson, Inc.) Used by permission.

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