Nick Proud
Luke 2: 12-20
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

This past Sunday, Pastor Josh spoke about the birth of Christ and the scene that surrounded this miraculous event. To think of the humble beginnings of our Savior, the Messiah, our Lord. What an occasion to be a part of. Shepherds who had been minding their own business, were now thrown into a miraculous event. Mary, who was probably exhausted from the day of travel, annoyed by the accommodations, and ready to see her child settled into the manger for the night.

I have been thinking about my New Year’s Resolution this year, and it centers around the concept of being “Present”. This has become a goal for me both personally and professionally. All too often it is easy to miss the moment while we check that email, think about the next task that needs to be done, or as we send a quick message. When I think about the Shepherds and obviously Mary they were ever so “Present” in the moment of Christ’s birth. They allowed the moment to consume their thoughts, to overtake their feelings, and direct their attention to what was happening and the specialness that was right in front of them.

This holiday season let’s all try to be “Present” as there will be special and memorable moments all around us. Embrace the chaos of the family gathering. Pause to truly see the joy on your children’s faces as they open their presents or as they run to their stockings Christmas morning. Enjoy the stories told by relatives, even if you have heard them a few times before. Cherish the time spent with family and friends. Reflect with your family on what is truly the reason for this season, and why we celebrate Christmas.

Finally, follow the example set by Mary, as she,
“treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.”
 Treasure this holiday season. Make memories for a lifetime. Share love with friends and family. Throughout this next year let’s all try to be Present in life’s daily journey. Allow it to consume our thoughts and feelings, and hold tight to the specialness that is all around us.