Treasuring and Pondering… Enjoy today’s Advent devotional from fairmount.liberti.org/advent, located on cardiphonia.org.
…8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And
an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with
great fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be
for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And
this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And
suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to
Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they went
with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17 And when they saw it, they made
known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at what the
shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20 And the
shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
Mary didn’t write a book about giving birth to the Messiah, or shout the news from the
rooftops. Instead she noticed, watched, prayed, and waited. I feel convicted by Mary’s peace. When
I have a free minute, I zip to my iPhone, do some dishes, or cross something else off my ‘to do’ list.
I act. In fact, I, and I imagine many in our culture, don’t wait patiently or even just sit still very
The advent season is one of patient waiting for the miracle of Christ. We can have peace in this
waiting because we have faith that it will happen; there’s nothing to do but wait patiently! We can
stop our running about, worrying about Christmas gifts, guests, or New Years’ resolutions. Rejoice!
Tomorrow we behold and give thanks for the birth of our long-awaited savior!
Prayer: The Lord is our light and our salvation—Whom shall we fear? The Lord is the
stronghold of our life—Of whom shall we be afraid? As we long for the light of Jesus, let us lay
aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely. Let us be glad and rejoice in the Lord’s
salvation! Arise, shine, for God’s light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon us.
Nations shall come to this light, and kings to the brightness of this dawn. Hallelujah!