This time of year can evoke many emotions in this Mama’s heart. Emotions of love, fear, loss, joy, anticipation and an overwhelming desire to give each and every person I know the perfect gift.
Earlier in my life, I loved the mall-the chaos, music and hustle and bustle. Recently, though, it seems to me that the world is so loud, so distracted and disjoined that what used to be fun is now hideous and not desired.
Yet, I still desire to give everyone I know and love the perfect gift.
We had to venture out to the mall this past weekend. There was something my husband and I needed to research and select together, so we packed up the kids, drove there and while it was quiet and fairly empty when we arrived, within 10 minutes the crowds arrived and the chaos began.
His phone did not stop and what had been a trip to research and decide together became another hour (as so many have lately) with me surrounded by our children asking, begging, needing, while this Mamma brain was screaming for help, begging for silence – needing something or someone to ground my thoughts and give me peace.
As these moments passed and I struggled to focus and I realized how close Christmas is (and how there are no gifts beneath the tree), I thought about Mary. I considered how she had to pack up for herself and the babe to be born and travel with her new husband to the city of David to be registered.
I prayed for peace and clarity. As I sat there, attempting to focus on what was truly important (the heart of my children) some of the scripture surrounding Christ’s birth came to mind. I realized Mary had given me the perfect gift as a Mamma. Well, she gave me a few.
Trust and Obedience
After the angel spoke to her, she trusted and obeyed.
“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” (Luke 1:38)
After the angel spoke to Mary, she taught me how to come together in fellowship with other believers and worship
“At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth.” (Luke 1:39)
Together, Mary and Elizabeth celebrated, sang and grew together as new Mammas.
Mary was young and her world had been turned upside down. Yet, in the midst of what could have ended her life through stoning (as was the custom for girls who were found with child, yet not married), through leaving her family and being told she would be the mother of the Son of God, the Savior of the World – she teaches me how to think. How? After the shepherds saw the child, they spread the world what they had seen and been told.
“But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” (Luke 2:19)
The Perfect Gift
Through her trust, obedience, worship and thoughtful pondering, Mary became a broken vessel, through which the perfect gift entered the world.
There may not be presents under the tree, perfect decorations, children singing merrily as crafts, glitter and glue are used to create a winter wonderland, but there is a way to give your children the perfect gift.
We can’t force it upon them or make them open it. But, we can make it so beautiful they won’t want to do anything but open it. This gift, the perfect one, it takes all that we are and makes it into something new. It’s a gradual process that can hurt a little but is filled with light and beauty. Take time to follow Mary’s lead in being a Mamma desiring to share this perfect gift with the whole world
But, begin in your home with those precious blessings.
What do you think about Mary’s perfect gift?
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