“But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.” Luke 2:19.
In our current society, taking time to ponder is not highly encouraged. We are instructed to gather correct information, do our homework, so to speak, but all with the goal of making a decision quick. Because as we all know, time is money. So we are trained to “cut to the chase, get to the point, not to dilly dally!”
Pondering, on the other hand, calls us to do just the opposite. Pondering invites us to look at something for a while, so as to discover a truth not given to quick observation. Pondering encourages us to take in a situation and think on it for a while, not necessarily coming to any conclusion, but none the less learning very much. A wonderful mentor of mine would say, “Let’s put that in the pot on the back burner and let it simmer a while!”
This year’s Advent book is a tool to help us ponder. Within the book are written prayers of our people that allow us to share the ponderings of our hearts. I have always found that reading the prayers of others causes me to pause and listen more carefully to the Spirit life.
I pray that the Spirit of God may give to each of you the gift of wisdom, and opportunity to pay attention to life around you this season in a new and different way. Not so much to gain any new, great knowledge, but just to have the opportunity to ponder.