Pondering Christmas

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
    and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
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: 13 -20 
Just imagine.  Your first child is born and home is not even good enough to be considered a barn, just a stable.
Maybe inside a cave.
Just 9 months or so ago, the young mom was told all this was going to unfold.  She asked questions, but accepted the job with praise. 
My soul glorifies the Lord
47     and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has been mindful
    of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
49     for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
    holy is his name.  Luke 1: 46 - 49
Joseph?  He went from thinking he had to divorce his fiance' to accepting the task of caring for and loving his family.  
"And Mary pondered all these things in her heart."
There's a whole lot to think about right there.  
Understanding this little bundle of joy is your Savior and your responsibility as a parent.  
Probably not understanding why they were asked to serve their Lord this way.  And, as He grew, wondering and (likely) worrying about their little one.
She had a lot to ponder, and so do we.  Thankfully, we can read the whole story and be thankful for rescue mission for us.
Merry Christmas.