"Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
My favorite part of this reading isn't the angel's proclamation, nor is it the shepherd's haste in going to see this miraculous thing. It's not that things were as the shepherds were told or that they spread the word and amazement.
It is this: "Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart."
There are so many things to treasure on Christmas Day! The celebration of the Birth is enough. Time with family and friends can be wonderful. The gifts, the food, the music - what's not to love?
But when the day is done, do you take time to treasure all these new memories, all these magnificent things, how great a Gift we received, and ponder them in your heart? Perhaps tonight you can do just that ... reflect on the Love-tinged moments of this holiest of days.