Luke 2:1-21, NIV
In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.
4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
21 On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.
The reading of this Scripture passage was very special this year. My grandson David did the reading! It will be a memory I’ll cherish a long time. As a grandmother with missions in my blood, I dream and pray about David preaching the Gospel. That would be my greatest joy!
But then I think, in whatever capacity God would use him, the important thing is that he has a tender heart towards God. I pray that for all my grandchildren. But I can’t help that I wish for him to be a preacher.
Mary was a teen-age mother. Just a young girl chosen by God to be the most privileged mother ever. When the shepherds had visited them in the stable and told them about the message the angels had proclaimed, Mary treasured up all those things and pondered them in her heart.
I ponder many things, and I pray. If you’re a grandparent I’m sure you have many desires for your grandchildren. It used to be the same when I was a mother. If you’re a parent I’m sure you have many wishes for your children. Nothing is more important than following Jesus.
Pray for your children. Pray for your grandchildren. Rejoice in your heart when they read God’s Word, as I rejoiced today when my David read the Christmas Story.