In the early part of Luke’s gospel account, we find an account of Joseph and Mary presenting (dedicating) Jesus to the Lord. Stepfather and mother thanking God and following Jewish custom. As they do, a righteous and devout man named Simeon speaks words of blessing over the Child.
Simeon praises God for the opportunity for his aged eyes to see the Savior.
Next in his writing, Luke shares the response of Joseph and Mary.
Go back and read that again.
Joseph and Mary, two people who received direct visitation and instructions from angels, mind you, marvel. They marvel at Simeon’s words about their son.
There is a funny thing about marveling; it often decreases as we grow more familiar with something. If you live in Alaska like me, do you continue to marvel at the beauty of our state or have you stopped looking? Do you still find joy in seeing wild animals within the city limits? Do the Northern Lights thrill you?
For some people, the Christmas story (the gospel, not the movie) has become less than a marvel-worthy event. They’ve heard it so many times that they no longer ponder its mysteries and grow excited with its implications.
During this Christmas, remember to marvel. To help you with that, read the amazing words of the prophet Isaiah written some 700 years before the birth of Jesus.
That happened on Christmas! Spend some time in a state of marvel.
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