From the Pastor’s Desk: December 28, 2021

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From the Pastor
Carol Sparks

“But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.” Luke 2:19-20

The shepherds left their visit glorifying and rejoicing about what they had just experienced. It was all true, the angel’s song was true!

In the midst of everything going on around her, Mary treasured and pondered all that she had heard in her heart. Imagine her expectation about her son’s life! She was already preparing to meet Him and see everything that Jesus would do.

I have one of those minds that is always racing ahead. For multi-tasking and getting things done, this is perfect. But, for reflection and keeping up with glasses and phone, it is a huge stumbling block. Mary was not distracted but chose to be fully present in this moment and ponder.

Today, with so many screens flashing in front of us, fighting for our attention, and so much information available, it becomes more difficult to focus on what’s important to keep in your heart. Too many things have a little bit of our attention for a short period of time. We must stop and hold the good news the gospel in our hearts.

If the Gospel is something that we have raced through our whole life becomes a mess. If we can sit and ponder the presence of God in the world, we will be able to imagine what God will do to bring hope, peace, joy and love to our distracted world.

Whatever you do today, let it emerge from the joy that comes from meditation and celebration of the good news. It should be the most visible thing in our lives. Take time today to treasure this in your heart and ponder what God has done in your life already.

Rev. Carol D. Sparks
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