This Sunday at 10:20 in the Barn, please join Jamie McArdle for
She Pondered: We are told that the shepherds who were first to hear about the birth of Jesus proceeded to spread their incredible story around the area, to the amazement of all who heard it. Mary, says Luke, “treasured all these things and pondered them in her heart.” To ponder is not just to remember, not just to think about something; it is to give weight to something. Mary wasn’t thinking about how she could incorporate the shepherds’ story into the scrapbook she was going to make when she returned to Nazareth; she was carefully considering what had happened to them, putting it together with what had happened to her, and looking deep into her own heart to try to discern God’s plan and her place in it. In our own time, what stories have we heard, what experiences have we had, that we would be wise to ponder? We are approaching Epiphany, our commemoration of the first manifestation of Christ to the world and of God’s new, expanded covenant with all humanity; let’s talk about how this Christmas has made Christ more manifest in our lives, and how we can ponder – weigh – what we have learned.