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.” And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. (Luke 2:15-20)
You wait all the time.
You wait in line at stores, you wait for the commercial to end, and you wait for traffic lights to turn green.
This year, you’ve waited for the pandemic to wane so you can put away your mask, stand closer than six feet and return to public activities you once enjoyed.
And waiting is tough.
At the beginning of time, God promised to send a Savior. For thousands of years, the Jewish people waited expectantly for their ruling king to come to earth and sit on His throne. Instead, God sent Jesus as an infant, born in a humble manger. He announced Christ’s arrival by sending angels to lowly shepherds working the night shift in a field near Bethlehem. This was not what God’s people were expecting.
But it was everything they’d been waiting for. “Good news!” an angel said. “Jesus has been born. He’s Christ the Lord, who will save the people from their sins. You can find Him in Bethlehem, lying in a manger.”
Then the choir arrived: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace, among men with whom He is pleased!” Then the angels disappeared into the darkness. Cinching up their robes, the shepherds ran toward Bethlehem and found Jesus just as the angels said they would.
The shepherds, now breathless, told Mary and Joseph everything that had happened. And they marveled at the details. Mary treasured their words in her heart. Perhaps she was thinking, “Our waiting has come to an end. He’s here.”
Pray and Reflect
This Christmas season, find simple ways you can marvel at the gifts of grace God has given on ordinary days.
Ask God to give you moments you can treasure in your heart.
(written by Anne Marie Winz)