Mary, Motherhood, and Jesus

“But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart” (Luke 2:19 NIV).

After the birth of Jesus, Mary had a lot to “treasure up” and ponder in her heart. There was the census. The travel. The manger. The shepherds. The angels. The heavenly host. Yes, there was much to treasure and ponder.

I recently spent a day with my mother. In the course of our conversation, she told several stories about my childhood. Some I had heard before, some repeatedly through the years. But others were new stories that shed a little more light on who I am.

Have you ever wondered what Mary shared with Jesus?

Did she share her memories of how she felt when she saw the No Vacancy sign flashing at the Inn? Did a young Jesus love to hear his mother tell about how the animals reacted as she birthed him? Did an excited boy Jesus ever say, “Mom, tell me the one about the shepherds!”?

I wonder what stories Mary shared with Jesus. And I wonder what events provoked the telling of certain stories. What would it have been like to watch Jesus grow in wisdom, stature, and in favor with God and people? What was motherhood like for Mary? In what ways was it similar to any mother’s experience? In what ways was it different?

Yes, I wonder what stories Mary told Jesus. I wonder when and why she told him those stories. What was going? When did she choose to tell him? But more than that, I wonder if there were any of these events that Mary treasured and pondered but that she never even tried to tell Jesus. Were there stories she just kept hidden in her heart?

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