Advent Reflection ~Day 2

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


I was in a gift store about a month ago and I saw a plaque that read: Sometimes it’s the smallest things that take up the most room in our hearts.

Most women know how true these words are. Over the decades of our lives, we save little memories in our hearts, like treasures.   I’m in my fifties now and I have a closet filled with my children’s artwork and photos. I’ve often told myself that if there was ever a fire, I’d rush to that closet and retrieve as much as possible.  These trinkets remind me that memories are far more valuable than possessions.

Mary saved memories too. In a humble stable, as she rocked her baby, and the shepherds drew near, and the star above the manger glowed brightly, she treasured up all these things, and pondered them in her heart.

This Advent, let’s follow Mary’s lead.

Let’s meditate on stories of faith, hope, and love.

Let’s crowd our hearts with the things that matter most.

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Nancy Jo Sullivan

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Nancy Jo Sullivan is an inspirational author and speaker. She has published with Random House, Guideposts, Readers Digest, and the Huffington Post. Her newest book, Small Mercies, was recently released by Loyola Press. In the book, she writes about God’s presence in motherhood, family, and love. Through poignant reflections, she recalls how she found God even in her darkest moments, especially in the months that followed the death of her daughter with Down’s syndrome. She reminds the reader that God is present in “every mess, burden, and blessing.” The mother of two grown daughters, Nancy Jo resides in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She loves hanging out with her daughters, teaching writing classes to kids with special needs, jogging, making spinach smoothies, and of course, writing about her imperfect life.

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