Carol Round on Treasured Memories with Jesus Bring Hope

“But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart”—Luke 2:19 (NIV).

A recent morning devotional reminded me of treasured childhood memories. Growing up in southwestern Louisiana, I spent many hours outdoors on sunny days. Barefoot most of the time, I loved lying in the grass.

On my stomach, I would search for a treasured four-leaf clover. Other times, I’d lie on my back and study the clouds. My imagination ran wild as I spotted a dinosaur shape or maybe a fluffy sheep.

A large mimosa tree at the edge of our property also became a treasured spot to hide among the lacy leaves. I daydreamed about the things I read in books. My thoughts often turned to fantasies of being swept away to a land filled with princes and princesses.

Treasuring the Prince of Peace

Soon, we will celebrate the risen Christ on Easter. But before that glorious day, we’ll grieve again with the mother of Jesus who witnessed His crucifixion on what we now call Good Friday.

But we know that 33 years earlier, Mary reveled in the birth of her precious Son. Shepherds, after hearing the news of the Messiah, traveled to Bethlehem to see for themselves.

Can you imagine Mary’s surprise? Even knowing she had delivered the Son of God in a smelly, dank manger, I doubt she anticipated the excitement of the visitors. However, scripture tells us in Luke 2:19 that she “treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.”

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SOURCE: Assist News Service, Carol Round