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Monday, December 26, 2011

Pondering in Our Heart


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Gleaning from Pastor Carl’s sermon on Sunday; he asked us all to have a very Merry (MARY) Christmas.

He reminded us that the angel came to the Virgin Mary, and announced that she was to bare a Child who would save His people from their sins. This proclamation caused Mary to be very troubled in her mind. The Angel sensing her fear told her to fear not, for this Holy Child was to be a miracle Birth from God almighty.

When Mary found her voice all she could do was agree to let this be so, and to praise and magnify the Lord.

Mary was one who thought before she spoke, which is something we also should consider doing more of. Mary pondered the things she saw and heard, in her heart.

Wanting to share her news with her cousin, Mary traveled to visit Elizabeth. At the sound of her voice, the babe, John in Elizabeth’s womb leaped for joy.

The world in general does not know how to enjoy a Merry Christmas. This season of the year there is much depression, loneliness, DUI arrests, and many accidents and deaths including suicide. It is aspirin time for so many.

The world sings Frosty the Snow Man, Jingle Bells, Dreaming of a White Christmas and few sing the meaningful carols that tell the true story of the savior’s birth.

It is tinsel, decorations, ribbons, bows, cookies and candy, and trees that fade and wilt away in a few days. The salutation, “Merry Christmas,” is for many politically incorrect. They substitute, “Seasons Greetings, or Happy Holliday.” Let us not be intimidated.

Christmas comes so slowly and it goes away quickly.

Pastor recommended that we Honor God in our hearts and by our actions. To be like Mary and to ponder the messages we hear preached and the words we study in our Bibles.

He suggested that we take a portion of the Bible and meditate on each word. The Lord’s Prayer is a good place to begin, but continue into the 91st Psalm and other passages.

Jesus said, “What so ever a man thinks in his heart, so is he.”  Paul advised that we should think on the things that are lovely and of a good report.

Allow Mary to be our example to ponder in our heart and to mutter to ourselves with our lips the Words of God that we hear and read.

May we all enjoy a continued very Merry MARY Christmas!

This post is linked to Deidra’s Sunday Jump Tandem

3 comments:

  1. I am a bit rebellious re: our overwhelming materialism connected to this time. I do some of the common things... but I also refuse to do some of them. I read that portion of scripture this morning in KJV, instead of my AMP, and loved it. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Good advice for the entire year and the rest of our lives. Hope you guys had a great Christmas weekend.

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