“But Mary was treasuring up all these things in her heart and meditating on them.” Luke 2:19
Christmas is filled with wonder. I love seeing the wonder of Christmas in a child’s eyes. Wonder at Christmas is as old as the night of Jesus’ birth. The shepherds wondered at the announcement of the angels. Mary wondered at the report of the shepherds. Here’s my Christmas prayer: Lord, never let us lose the wonder of Christmas. We have dwelt this Advent season on the themes of hope, peace, joy, and love. We treasure all of these things. But, Christmas is just the beginning of these things, right? These ideals are not seasonal. In Jesus, these things are forever.
We cannot lose the wonder of the past event. We ought to wonder at the fact that God planned before the foundations of the world every detail of Jesus’ coming. Men of God prophesied these details centuries before His coming. We must not lose the wonder that God filled this past event with purpose. With Jesus’ coming, God purposed that Jesus would be our Savior.
We cannot lose the wonder of the present possibility. Because of Jesus’ coming, we all have the present possibility for salvation. Without Jesus, there is no possibility for salvation. We all have the possibility of real joy and peace. Though these words fill greeting cards, they are meaningless without His coming.
We cannot lose the wonder of the potential for the future. Christmas reveals miracles. If God can be incarnate in our world, what else can He do? Christmas is a time for wondering, treasuring, and pondering.
Don’t ever lose the wonder of Christmas!