This morning was a rough one. Karoline was a tad cranky. Along with that, her brothers forgot to brush their teeth. Jonah forgot his meds and as I write this I realize I didn’t sign his planner for school…ugh. I on the other hand woke up in a good mood. I was chipper. I was happy. I was at peace. However, Karoline’s crankiness spread like wildfire in the car this morning. I could feel the joy drain out of me and everyone else in the car. She wasn’t particularly verbal, it was just her demeanor. And it was enough to dampen everyone’s mood.
After dropping everyone off, I came home, opened my Bible to:
“So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.
But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.” (Luke 2:16-20 NIV)
Here was Mary, a young girl willing to be obedient. It was probably evident to her that those surrounding her assumed she was promiscuous. They undoubtedly thought she and Joseph had relations out of wedlock and now she was pregnant. I imagine she was looked down on, judged and considered unclean by her community. She has to travel for several months by donkey while pregnant. Her only bed is outside on the hard ground enduring the elements. Then she has a baby in a cave with a bunch of animals. She has to tolerate all of this because she chose obedience. I don’t think this is how she pictured any of it.
But then something happens. Something changes. After she has Jesus, someone brings a word from the Lord. The scripture says she ponders these things. I envision Mary holding on to those words for dear life. I wonder if in all of her suffering, she simply needed some words of encouragement.
This morning started out bumpy. But as we traveled from one school to the other a song played on the radio. The words were:
“Hallelujah, hallelujah. Heavens love reaching down to save the world. Hallelujah, hallelujah, Son of God, Servant King here with us. You’re here with us.” By Joy Williams
Our attitudes changed. We started out ornery but soon found ourselves praising God as we sang along. Our hope was renewed. Our focus had shifted. Hallelujah!
Our words and our attitudes have the potential to lift a saddened spirit or bless a weary soul. Pray for the discouraged people you encounter today.
He is here with us. Spread the word.