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Pondering Praise


Luke 2:15-20

Verse 16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.


Having heard the announcement of this special babe, the hard working shepherds didn’t need much encouragement to leave their flock to head to town. These men, who were used to being on watch through the night to make sure that their sheep were protected from all things that would come to cause them harm, just up and leave to go see a baby.


Shepherds weren’t known for their sensitive side, at least not for something other than their sheep, so for them to be so excited to leave the sheep in the middle of the night to go see a baby shows how well they understood the significance of the Baby that was born. They believed so they went. They were unlikely visitors for a brand new baby but they were God’s chosen to see His newborn Son. He could have just told them about the Baby, but He wanted to show them His child.


We can imagine a tired Mary resting after the trial of childbirth when there is a commotion at the entrance. The last thing she was expecting at that moment was a visit by the outcasts of town. And yet as they share their story from the evening Mary can’t help but be reminded of a similar experience she had been shocked by only 9 months ago. An angel coming from out of nowhere suddenly telling her of the same baby she had just given birth to. The baby that has already changed her life.


The awe that these men had on their faces as they gazed upon her newborn confirmed what she already knew, this baby was not going to bring a normal life for her. This was just the beginning of things that were going to happen. Things she couldn’t even imagine yet. It says that she took in every detail and pondered them in her heart. Had there been journals and fun colored pens for journaling Mary would have likely been one of those ladies that writes and/or draws the things that happened which she desired to remember. The pondering in her heart was probably filled with thoughts of “is this really happening” or maybe “am I dreaming?” But each thought was meditating on the God of Heaven.


The shepherds did go back to their sheep that night but with a lighter heart. They were excited and praising God with all that was in them. They had seen the Messiah and would never be the same!


Making It Personal

Has knowing the Messiah changed your life? Do you ponder what He has done in your life? Are you praising Him often?


Making It Personal Kids

What do you think it was like to look into the manger and see the baby? Has knowing Jesus changed your life? Do you think about and praise Him for the things He does for you?


Closing Prayer

Father, thank You for allowing us to see Your Son and the work He is doing in our lives. Father, give us hearts that ponder what You are doing in our lives. May the meditating lead to pure praise for all You have done and continue to do. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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