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Pondering

Read Luke 2:41-52.

Here, as in many of the early stories of Jesus’ life, Mary reacts by pondering or treasuring in her heart what God says or does. She does this when she is told she will be an unwed mother, when she responds to the shepherds’ visit in the stable, and here, when she deals with the frustration and fear that comes with raising a teenager.

When you have crises in your life, how do you respond? Do you panic, fall apart, spring into action, etc? Do you take time when the immediate crisis is over to reflect on what happened, how you responded, and how God might have been working through it? How might Mary’s response be an example to you? How could you respond more prayerfully and contemplatively to events in your life?

In prayer, ask God to help you ponder instead of worry, try to fix, or withdraw.