Ponder Them In Your Heart
Welcome to the month of December and “the most wonderful time of the year”. The only problem I have is that the years are coming and going faster than I can begin to comprehend. Where did the year of 2008 go?? I trust that it has been a wonderful year for each of you and that you will take the time during this holiday season to reflect on the many blessings the Lord has sent your way.
Fall and winter are, by far, my two favorite seasons of the year. I am enjoying the cooler, crisp, weather ( well, for California), and I have enjoyed decorating the house for Christmas. Yes, Christmas is up and running at the Trieber household! Christmas music has been playing since October the something or other, and the white lights of the season are in every room of the house. Every year when I take down the decorations and pack them away, I pray this prayer: “Lord, please let me live to put these decorations out again next year, and may I please enjoy this season again with my family?” Thus far, obviously, those prayers have been answered!!
As I ponder the Christmas season, so many memories flood my mind. Having grown up in the Midwest, I can remember ice skating, snowball fights, making snow angels and so many other numerous activities that I enjoyed as a child. One of my favorite memories is the reading of the Christmas story in Luke chapter two at Christmastime. We were not allowed to open one present in the Swanson family until Dad had read the Christmas story. When the Lord gave us the privilege of having children, one particular verse took on new meaning for me. This verse is found in Luke 2:19: “But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.” Mary, as the mother of the Lord Jesus, has a place in history higher than any woman has or will ever have known. The Bible says that Mary was“blessed among women.” Mary is the subject of majestic poems, novels and plays. She is depicted all over the world on canvas and stained glassed windows, and in bronze, marble and stone. Mary’s adoration is ageless, classless, raceless and timeless. Mary’s greatness had a humble beginning. She was an obscure peasant girl living in Nazareth centuries ago. Her story has spread to the ends of the earth. Though she never entered a palace, her picture has graced the most magnificent palaces. She never traveled any farther than from Palestine to Egypt, yet her story still travels to the farthest corners of the earth. It had to be a marvel for Mary to carry within her very being the Christ child, who was born to die for the sins of the world. I would enjoy a conversation with Mary, wouldn’t you? I would have a hundred or more questions for her: “What was it like carrying the Lord Jesus? Did you experience morning sickness? What was it like having Him in your home? What was it like to watch your son die on the cross?”
If you are like me, you cannot help but wonder these same questions. One thing that every mother has in common is just that: WE ARE MOTHERS! No man has ever had the awesome privilege of carrying a child and giving birth. (I know, they tell us it is harder on them than on us!) What a blessing and responsibility is placed upon us as mothers. Wise is the mother who learns to ” keep all these things and ponder them in her heart ” concerning her children. We certainly do not need to “share” happenings and incidents in the lives of our children that might cause them humiliation and embarrassment. Equally as wise is the mother who ponders and prays for her children. The world has such a pull for our children. The devil certainly isn’t happy when he sees our children turn out to serve the Lord!! I pray every day for my children in these areas:
- For their daily health, safety and protection
- For purity of mind, soul and body
- That they will make wise decisions based on the word of God
- For their future and for them to be in God’s will
- For their future mates before they marry
- For the spouses of my married children.
- For their children (How could a grandparent NOT pray for her grandchildren???)
- That they will be faithful to the house of God
- That they will be led by the Holy Spirit
- For wisdom in financial matters
- That they will grow every day in God’s grace
This list is certainly not exhaustive; I have many more areas about which I pray for each one of my children. I know that you do, too. Our children’s safety every day could very well depend upon our prayers. I don’t believe that Mary, the mother of the Lord Jesus, was wrapped up in herself; instead, I believe she was consumed with the divine responsibility she was given. It is my prayer that we as mothers will “keep all these things and ponder them in our hearts”!
Have a wonderful Christmas and a blessed New Year!