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By Campus Pastor Peter Haskins, Dickson Hollow
One of my fondest memories of childhood is the unpacking of the manger scene each year in our home and my strategic placing of each cow, each shepherd, each angel, as they all collectively surrounded and guarded the Holy Family.
We had a nice homemade, wooden manger scene (although the actual manger scene in and around Bethlehem would have most likely been a cave, common in that geographic area) with a little patio with a cool stairs leading to it ... I loved it.
The Scripture passage which sets this scene up is from Luke 2:8-20, with the shepherds being visited by the "angel of the Lord" who "stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them and they were terrified." The angel told them about the good news of God being with humanity now in a deeper and more personal way and told them where to find this 'Good News' incarnated in a human infant.
They searched and searched for the Holy Family and finally found them and went about sharing this Good News with anyone who would listen. Meanwhile, Mary is described as calm and peaceful and grace-filled, as Luke writes, "But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart."
How we can learn from Mary's reaction to all this hustle and bustle and activities going on around her? She quieted her heart (which can be translated as 'mind') and discerned what these things meant in her life and the life of this little baby who would fulfill all these expectations, all these hopes and dreams of any entire people, an entire planet.
We would do well to follow Mary's attitude, calming our minds in this busy and chaotic season when we are feeling so much hope and so much anxiety all mingled together. We would do well to treasure all of these things in our hearts as well.
About Pastor Pete Haskins: I am Campus Pastor at Dickson Hollow in Menomonee Falls, WI. I am an ordained pastor in the United Church of Christ and pastor of St Pauls UCC in Menomonee Falls. My wife Emily and I have three kids (Dylan, Catey and Jack) and two little dogs.
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