I believe that in the busyness of life many of us take too little time to reflect, muse or ponder. We get caught up in the day to day struggle of just trying to get through the next 24 hours. There are deadlines to be met; appointments to be kept; kids to be dropped off at the sitters; what am I making for supper? Did I even get groceries this week? The car has to go in to the repair shop – again! (Actually, as I begin this reflection I’m waiting for my car to get finished.)

Life does at times become an insane balance of the things we need to do today and those we try to negotiate to put off until tomorrow. And in the process of it all we become jugglers and incessant doers. What is the response to our relentless schedules? How does God factor in to our hectic pace of living? Annie Dillard, that prolific American writer insightfully said, “How we spend our days is how we spend our lives.”

Ponder. What a great word to, well, ponder.

The hymn writer, Joachim Neander wrote in “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty,” Ponder anew what the Almighty can do…When I sing those words it makes me want to just stop and do exactly that.



When Mary, the mother of Jesus was visited by the shepherds after the birth of Jesus, Luke tells us, “But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” The shepherds were busy telling everyone they met about the incredible events they had witnessed but Mary was pondering and treasuring the incredible knowledge that God was now up close and personal – the babe suckling at her breast – was Emmanuel – God with us.

Why not in the busy days ahead take time to ponder the wonder of God with us, with you? Ponder the beauty of His creation in the subtle changes we are just beginning to see as we transition into another season. Ponder the miracle of life in a newborn’s cry. Ponder the love of God who would move heaven and earth so that you could be in a relationship with Him.



And as you ponder, may you get lost in the wonder of the mystery of God!

– Pastor Patti

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