Do certain things ever throw you off-course? You know, those unexpected surprises that appear out of the blue? Each one of us could probably tell a story about a time when fear gripped us tight.

At some point this Christmas, try this: Put yourself in Mary’s place as you read these verses and imagine what it would have been like for you.  

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord…Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace to whom His favor rests”…and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart (NIV; Luke 2: 10-11, 13-14, 18-19).

Blessed ‘pondering’ to you this Christmas!  😉