But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. Luke 2:19
For each of my children, the day of their birth is captured in my mind like no other date on the calendar. I can tell you the hospital, the style of the room, every person in the room and the amount of the pain. The date and the time is no question and the love born filled the room as my husband and I locked eyes on a brand new baby- a miracle from God.
Like buried treasure, Mary captured the sights, sounds and entire scene. She held them deep within her heart and I’m guessing ruminated over them frequently. Recounting every detail she could remember, she cherished the moments and sealed them in her mind.
She wanted to remember everything. There would be no video camera, no digitals, no smartphone, no Facebook or Instagram. No memory books or baby books. It was important for every memory to be locked in place.
Nowhere does the Bible tell us what happened with the gold, frankincense or myrrh. Perhaps it was sold to pay for new carpentry equipment. Or much-needed nails.
There’s much to be learned from Mary, the mother of God.
But this week, my lesson was a simple one.
Christmas presents come and go,
but Christmas memories last a lifetime.
Which are we prioritizing?
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