Ponder this…..

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There is a song that I love.  It is called, “Mary Did You Know.” It is one of my favorite Christmas songs.  This year it has taken on such greater depth in my life, though.  The words go right to my heart:

“Mary Did You Know”
(originally by Mark Lowry and Buddy Greene)

Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy would one day walk on water?

Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy would save our sons and daughters?

Did you know
that your Baby Boy has come to make you new?

This Child that you delivered will soon deliver you.
Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy will give sight to a blind man?

Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy will calm the storm with His hand?

Did you know
that your Baby Boy has walked where angels trod?

When you kiss your little Baby, you kissed the face of God?

Mary did you know…….

The blind will see.
The deaf will hear.
The dead will live again.
The lame will leap.
The dumb will speak
The praises of The Lamb.

Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy would one day rule the nations?
Did you know
that your Baby Boy is heaven’s perfect Lamb?
The sleeping Child you’re holding is the Great, I Am.

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Luke 2:19 tells us, “But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart.” I do not believe, at that point, that she could have fathomed all that she would witness her child doing in His short time on the earth as she “pondered them in her heart.”  She did know, though, that this divinely conceived child was the fulfillment of the promise of the coming Messiah.  Just the awe and wonder in those early days would give her much to ponder.

At the cross, Mary did know.  By this time, she held in her heart the truths and depths of this Miracle she gave birth to.  She did not have to read about it some 2000 years later, she was there, and now she watched her Son hang from a tree.  So, at this Christmas season, without having been there, I ask, “Do you know?”

It is so easy to get caught up in the trappings of Christmas, even so far as to just remain at the cradle of Jesus without moving on with Him in His journey to the cross. The Christmas story is an amazing story, but it is just the beginning. My prayer is that you will not only be celebrating His birth over the next few days, but also His death and resurrection. Christmas is wonderful, but without Easter’s victory over the grave, it is just another story. We need to concentrate on Jesus and the miracle of His entire life to fully grasp the depth and emotion of Christmas.

This Child that we celebrate at this season calmed the raging sea, cured the sick, gave sight to the blind, and so much more; at the appointed time, He then hung on a cross and died for your sins. Ponder that just as Mary pondered.  Picture each one of your secret sins written on paper and nailed on the cross with Him, then look to the manger, and truly celebrate His birth.

That is my prayer for each of you today; I pray that you would take time with God asking Him to help you ponder and grasp the depth of His love for you laying in the manger. As you do, I pray that you would be blessed deep within.

Much love sent to you all……..

ღ Skye ღ

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The Twenty~Four Days of Advent
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Day One

 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary.
Luke 1:26-27

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Day Two

And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary,
for you have found favor with God.
Luke 1:30

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Day Three

And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,
and you shall call his name Jesus.
Luke 1:31

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Day Four

He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. 
The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David,
Luke 1:32

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Day Five

And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord;
let it be to me according to your word.”
And the angel departed from her.
Luke 1:38

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Day Six

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree
that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.
Luke 2:1

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Day Seven

And everyone went to their own town to register.
Luke 2:3

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Day Eight

 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.
Luke 2:4-5

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Day Nine

 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
Luke 2:6-7

(Praise God!!!!!)

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Day Ten

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby,
keeping watch over their flocks at night.
Luke 2:8

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Day Eleven

An angel of the Lord appeared to them,
and the glory of the Lord shone around them, 
and they were terrified. 
Luke 2:9

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Day Twelve

But the angel said to them,
“Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause
great joy for all the people.”
Luke 2:10

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Day Thirteen

“Today in the town of David
a Savior has been born to you; 
he is the Messiah, the Lord.”
Luke 2:11

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Day Fourteen

 ”This will be a sign to you:
You will find a baby wrapped in cloths 
and lying in a manger.”
Luke 2:12

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Day Fifteen 

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.”
Luke 2:13-14

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Day Sixteen

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.
Luke 2:15-16

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Day Seventeen

Come, let us bow down in worship,
    let us kneel before the Lord our Maker;
 for he is our God
    and we are the people of his pasture,
    the flock under his care.
Psalm 95:6-7

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Day Eighteen

“Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea
in the days of Herod the king, behold,
there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying”
Matthew 2:1

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Day Nineteen

 “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?
For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.”
Matthew 2:2

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Day Twenty

“After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; 
and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him.”
Matthew 2:11a

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Day Twenty-One

“Then, opening their treasures,
they presented to Him gifts of gold,
frankincense, and myrrh.”
Matthew 2:11b

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Day Twenty-Two

“And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us,
and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten
from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
John 1:14

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Day Twenty-Three

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.”
John 3:16-17

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The Night a Star Lit Up the Sky
by Skye Alexander
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A poem for Christmas

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A poem for Christmas

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18 Responses to Ponder this…..

  1. RoSy says:

    A most beautiful post with beautiful photos from beautiful Skye!
    LOVE that second photo…Well – you know why.
    That last photo – WOW!
    {RoSy Hugs}

  2. Natasha says:

    Amen!!! Wonderful post with such depth, meaning and love! This too is one of my favourite Christmas Songs… I will be singing it tonight at our Candlelight Service! I will be thinking of you as I sing it and dedicate it to you my dear friend!!! Merry Christmas and I love you so much!!!! <3

  3. Skye – On angels wings your words and photos arrived & my ears and eyes were blessed with pure joy.

    • Skye says:

      I am so glad, Dear Sheri!! I am so looking forward to getting to know you better. May your Christmas be blessed, Sweet Friend!

  4. wonderful images,
    wonderful words spun from your thoughts
    as I read through listening to one of my favorite
    songs….I heard Kenny Rogers sing it the first time I heard it
    and was stunned within the beauty of it’s perfect questions ….
    Thank You Skye for as always the smile will last a long time as
    will the song….
    Have a Very Merry Christmas and Within the Magick of Christmas May the Blessings be carried in the New Year….
    Take Care…You Matter…
    )0(
    BlessedBe
    maryrose

  5. Beautiful message getting to the very heart of the season!! :) :) xxxx

  6. robbyefaye says:

    Oh, sweet Skye, I too LOVE this song. It always makes me cry. The wonder and miracle of “kissing the face of God”, that “The sleeping Child you’re holding is the Great, I Am.” . . I can’t even begin as a mother, to fatham her thoughts, feelings, prayers and life as Christ’s mother. And oh, the heartache and yet joy, at our Saviour’s crucifixtion.
    As I sit here with the tears in my eyes rolling down my cheeks, I thank you for posting this today. Through all our illnesses I hadn’t heard it yet this season.
    Merry Christmas, my friend.
    Lots of love, hugs, prayers and thankfulness for your friendship coming your way.
    God’s blessings to you and yours.

  7. Heidi Viars says:

    LOVE this beautiful reminder, dear friend! Thanks for always having such encouraging and edifying posts!!!

  8. Beautiful through and through! :-)

  9. Elaine says:

    Reblogged this on Elaine's Random Thoughts and commented:
    Another of my favorite Christmas songs. I can’t possibly add anything more than my friend Skye did in this blog post today about the Miracle who is Jesus Christ, born to die for us so that we might be saved.

  10. Elaine says:

    I love this song too! A couple at church have sung this many times at Christmas services, the Ladies Tea, etc. Such a beautiful song to remind us of the Miracle of His birth and His death at Easter–all because He loves us! Thank you for sharing it.

  11. Mark Shields says:

    Love this song. Someone always sings this during our Christmas Eve service each year. Have a Merry Christmas!

  12. Andy Oldham says:

    I, too, have always loved this song at Christmas. It really sets the mood for the birth of Christ and reminds us of the reason for the season. Thanks Skye!

  13. soberflight says:

    I am sitting here, stunned. Minutes ago I caught up with your posts and commented on yesterday’s blog….and I mentioned this song, and….well, yesterday’s comments could be posted here as well. No coincidences. {{{hugs}}}}

    • Skye says:

      I know!! I could not believe that either!! xxxxxx Thanks for the smile today….God is so good….He works through my pals!! Love you!!

  14. bulldog says:

    Wonderful and inspiring post today Skye… not sure I’ve heard the song before, but do love it,,,,

    • Skye says:

      Thank you, Bulldog. It is beautiful son. I am so glad you enjoyed today’s post. Hope you are having a wonderful Christmas season. Please tell Linda I said, “Merry Christmas,” and give her a hug for me!

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