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

After the shepherd boys had come to the manger to see Jesus, and after they had gone on their way to tell others, Mary took some time to think about all that had taken place.

It had been a whirlwind — the events leading to this moment: The angel’s revelation. Her visit to Elizabeth. Breaking the news to her family and her fiance. The journey to Bethlehem. No room in the inn. Taking shelter in a barn. The miracle of birth.

And then, out of nowhere, a group of shepherds arrives with a story about seeing an angel and hearing a heavenly host.

When she found a quiet moment, Mary took some time to think about what it all meant, reflecting on all that God had done for her, and all that he had called her to do.

I encourage you to follow Mary’s example.

In the midst of the hectic pace that comes with the season, maybe you can slip away for a few minutes here and there, as often as you have time, and think about Jesus: what he means to you, what you mean to him, how he demonstrates for us the steadfast love and never-ending mercy of God, how he taught us how to live and how to pray, how he died on the cross for our sins and how he rose again.

Meditate on the message and meaning of Christmas: that God loves you, that he saves you, that he wants to bless you and use you to be a blessing to others.

Like Mary, let’s learn to experience Christmas — and the season beyond — with a sense of wonder.