I am not a fan of giving birth. I’ve been blessed with two straightforward deliveries but I still wince when I think back to them. However, I am a fan of squishy cuddles. Holding a tiny baby who has just made his way into the world while they take their first glimpses of the world is so special.
After the day we’ve spent celebrating the birth of Jesus I think about Mary breathing in her newborn baby. Cuddled up in a humble outbuilding with a tiny child nestled on her chest.
I wonder what she thinks about as she counts his fingers and toes.
We know that Mary really thought about the things that happened to her and her son, We are told that she ‘pondered them in her heart.’ (Luke 2v19) She treasured the things that she learnt about Jesus. We’re told that she was righteous in the sight of God (Luke 1v6). Presumably she knew her scriptures, the old Testament so amongst her hopes for her son I wonder if she had an idea of the role her son would play.
I wonder if she thinks back to her visit from the angel.
Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favour with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants for ever; his kingdom will never end.
As angels sing their welcome to Jesus, the son of God, I wonder what she thought.
Pondering is a funny sounding word. But, a good one, I think. For having a think about, meditating on, the events leading up to the birth of Jesus Christ. To take a moment to contemplate God’s sacrifice that was to come.
Perhaps you too could take a moment and sit and ponder on these things. These things that Mary treasured in her heart.