“Mary kept all this things in her heart and thought about them often” (Luke 2:20 NLT).
Mary’s Diary Entry: 1 AD in the month of Tishrei
Our son was born today- finally! At times, it seemed this day would never arrive. I replay the events of today in my mind, over and over, recalling the pain of my labor, the anxiety of wondering if we’d ever find a place to have this baby, then smiling at how it all turned out. My emotions were up and down with worry, weary of long travel and riding that donkey for so long, yet excited knowing delievry was imminent. My body told me it would be soon.
But then I held him. My heart swelled with joy beholding his tiny features. I cannot stop looking upon him in awe and wonder. He is so small, so fragile, so perfect! His tiny fingers curl around mine and I’m grateful beyond words. Exhausted, yet happy. Joseph was his usual understanding, gentle and supportive self today. The pure fascination in his eyes was beautiful, yet I sensed he felt apprehension of the future. Good men worry about their families.
What a wonder-filled evening it was! Having my first baby was joyous enough, but then those shepherds arrived telling their amazing story. To think that Kings and shepherds travelled all that way to see our new baby. They said they needed to see him with their own eyes. They said they quaked in fear when they saw that bright light and talking angels. We were all so happy at the realization this baby was the Messiah – the Savior that had been promised for so many years. And what that angel said! I will ponder those comforting words in my heart often.
Before I sleep, I wonder: was it really a star the Kings saw? Could it have been glory streams from heaven in joyous exuberation at the birth of the Promised One?
We are the few that know deep in our hearts who this tiny infant truly is. I feel the weightiness of that responsibility, truly, but tonight He is my new, tiny one. I snuggle Him, smell His fresh skin and marvel at the goodness of Yahweh toward me while He sleeps in heavenly peace. Thank you, Abba, for this treasure of new life, for a safe delivery, a healthy son, for your provision, for the incredible message the shepherds brought and for peace. Goodnight, Abba.
The Birth of Jesus from Luke 2:1-20 NLT
“At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. All returned to their own ancestral towns to register for this census. And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. He took with him Mary, to whom he was engaged, who was now expecting a child.
And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. She gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.
The Shepherds and Angels
That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”
Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying,“Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”
When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often. The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. It was just as the angel had told them.”