In the Christmas story, I like how Luke summed things up, “All who heard the shepherd’s story were astonished, but Mary quietly treasured those things in heart and thought about them often.” (Luke 2:19) The cliché is right on: Jesus is the reason for the season and there are many lessons to be learned from the nativity stories…
- From the wise men we learn that God speaks to anyone who will listen, and He leads anyone who is willing to follow, to the King of kings.
- From Mary and Joseph we learn what it means to fully submit to God. We learn that obedience takes courage _ that it’s better to obey God than worry about what others might think or say.
- From the shepherds, those minimum wage workers who were watching sheep late in the night, we learn that no one is too poor or too insignificant to have a personal experience with God.
- Even from cruel Herod, we are reminded of how foolish it is to try to hinder the plan and purpose of God.
- Most of all, from Jesus, we learn that God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
We’re beginning a busy season of the year _ sometimes stressful, often hectic, and usually financially challenging. A better way, a way that brings joy and peace is to follow Mary’s example: Treasure the story _ think about it often _ ponder its meaning in your heart _ trust God to help you in all you do because with God nothing is impossible.