What Did They Say?

Have you ever had a conversation like this with anyone (your husband) after 
something big has happened?

"Oh my gosh, I can't believe that happened! What did he say?
Well, what did she say? Did they say anything? And did he have anything to say?
What did they say when you said that?" 
When something big happens, I want to know EVERYthing! 
And I want to know how everyone involved reacted.

That's how I'm reading the Christmas stories this year -
How did Mary react? What did Joseph say? What did Zechariah and Elizabeth do?
What about Anna and Simeon? Did the shepherds get a chance to talk?
The Magi? And all those angels!

I encourage you to linger and ponder over the scriptural accounts of Christ's birth every day of this sacred season. Read every cross-reference and chase down every rabbit. Wipe the dust from that old commentary and dig up some historic details. Persevere in these stories until every decoration is boxed again and stuffed away for another year. Let's plan to leave December 2013 with something from the scripture, something eternal, which we can take into the new year! 
A gift for ourselves!
'Good friend, take to heart what I’m telling you;
    collect my counsels and guard them with your life.
Tune your ears to the world of Wisdom;
    set your heart on a life of Understanding.
That’s right—if you make Insight your priority,
    and won’t take no for an answer,
Searching for it like a prospector panning for gold,
    like an adventurer on a treasure hunt,
Believe me, before you know it Fear-of-God will be yours;
    you’ll have come upon the Knowledge of God.'

* Photo taken in Madison, IN, as we were driving into town on an after-Christmas overnight. 
This was the only Holiday decor on or around this little town home. I was impressed.

1 comment:

Jenny said...

Great expansion of Proverbs 2:3-5.
It must have been hard for Mary to give birth to her first baby without another woman around to encourage her. And Joseph would have had to help with the delivery. Wonder how he felt about that. You're right that we need to bring the Bible into our every day understanding. It's about real people, who lived real lives .