The manger scene or crèche is a common sight during Christmas time as France is a traditionally Catholic country. Many of them include figurines called, “santons.” They are beautifully crafted from a clay found in the region of Provence.
Santons (little saints) were first made in the late 1700’s during the French revolution. At that time churches were forced to close and the large nativity scenes were forbidden. So these small clay figures were used instead.
I especially like this santon of Mary as she looks so pensive. Our verse today speaks of Mary pondering. She pondered and reflected over all that the shepherds had said. Pondering means to recall to mind or simply to remember. I am sure that throughout the life of her Son, she re-visted in her mind the miracles surrounding His birth. Remembering those miracles helped Mary to face all kinds of difficulties in her life.
Just before opening our gifts on Christmas morning, our family reads aloud the Christmas story from the second chapter of Luke. It is a tradition I enjoy as it helps me to ponder and remember. But there are opportunities to ponder in my heart every day.
I have not personally experienced the miraculous the way Mary did. No angels or signs in the sky to ponder. But He has done a miracle in my life that is spectacular. He has called me to Himself. He has forgiven me and made me pure. That is a miracle!
May I keep remembering and pondering the miracle of His salvation for me!