In the name of the one, holy and living God:
Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifying Spirit. Amen.
“Mary treasured all these words
and pondered them in her heart.” (Lk 2:19)
This one line of today’s scripture invites us to engage a holy pause…
a pause for which I am grateful.
The chaotic, busy, noisy hubbub of Christmas preparations,
which at Wal-Mart began before Halloween this year,
have subsided, at least for an hour this morning… as we gather to celebrate the birth of Jesus.
A birth, perhaps chaotically engaged as Mary and Joseph travelled to Bethlehem while nine months pregnant and then scrambled to find a place – ANY place – to actually give birth to Jesus and lay down for a rest. Continue reading