For You From The Word
Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. (Luke 2:19, NKJV)
For You To Think About
Yet there were also those in her life who celebrated with Mary: Elizabeth, the shepherds, and the Magi. After she had given birth and the visitors had left, we’re told that “Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.”
Some translations say “Mary treasured these things,” meaning she prized them. In the best of circumstances, encouragement and affirmation run in short supply. During a time of challenge they may be nonexistent. A show of support in the wake of an unplanned pregnancy is highly valued.
Mothers and mothers-to-be gain great encouragement in reviewing the shows of support they receive, no matter the source. As “Mary kept all these things in her heart,” she could review the Elizabeth’s affirmation, the shepherds’ wonder, and the Magis’ reverence.
Reviewing words of affirmation gives courage to press on.
Elizabeth, the shepherds, and the Magi affirmed Mary’s role in bringing a life into the world. How could they know they were giving a woman who faced an unplanned pregnancy a long-lasting fodder to persevere?
When you affirm and encourage a pregnant woman, you do the same.
For You To Pray
Thank You for the gift of life. Give me an opportunity to affirm a woman or man who faces an unplanned pregnancy. Let that encouragement be long-lasting inspiration to press on.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.