The days after Christmas. There’s always some sense of disbelief that it’s over. The whirlwind of activity is starting to settle down. And there’s a part of us that wishes we could keep that sense of wonder and joy and hope alive for a while longer.
One of the central figures in the Christmas story must have felt the same way. And I like how she responded.
“Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.” Luke 2:19
The whirlwind of a miraculous pregnancy and treacherous travel and overcrowded inns and a manger and bright stars and visiting shepherds was over. Mary had been a woman of many words months earlier after her visit with Elizabeth, reciting beautiful and strong prophetic poetry to express the feelings in her heart. But now, words were few. It’s like she stepped back and took it all in. She made it personal.
And we should do the same now in these days following the celebration of Christ’s birth. We should step back and think about the things we want to keep in our hearts, the things we want to ponder more fully in the quietness of the post-holiday moments.
Maybe there was a particular sermon or scripture passage that brought the reality of “God with us” even closer. Maybe the words to a familiar Christmas song were heard in a new way.
Don’t let those moments get packed away with the decorations. Take a cue from Mary.
Keep them. Ponder them. And let the joy of the Christmas season stay in your hearts in the days ahead.
Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away. Hebrews 2:1
Only fear the LORD, and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things He has done for you. 1 Samuel 12:24