During the Advent season and Christmastime, we'll walk through the first two chapters of the Gospel of Luke, where the story is told of Jesus' birth, along with several related Old Testament scriptures.
Read Luke 2:15-20
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."
So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 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.
Mary and Joseph are amazed when they hear the shepherds' story of the angels' appearance. Luke tells us that Mary herself "treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart." Today, on the eve of our celebration of Jesus' birth, take time to stop and ponder in your own heart the wonder of God humbling himself, living among us, and sacrificing himself for us.
Consider having someone read aloud this account of the Nativity from Luke 2:1-20 with whomever you spend time on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.