3 12, 2020

Treasuring the Moment

By |2020-12-03T14:37:08-05:00December 3rd, 2020|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

Most years, the Christmas season feels busy and sometimes rushed—even in the church. Many of us juggle different celebrations, gatherings and other obligations. This year, however, it’s changed and a lot of us are feeling a different anxiety or longing for missed traditions. In Luke 2, we read these words: “Mary treasured up all these things” (v19, 51). In fact, we see those words twice! The first time after the

5 12, 2016

Celebrate and Treasure

By |2016-12-01T14:42:35-05:00December 5th, 2016|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

The Christmas season is usually full of energy (perhaps a feeling of hurriedness). We celebrate the birth of Christ on earth with gusto. But we need to sometimes step back. In Luke 2, there are two instances the Bible tells us where Mary stepped back and “treasured these things in her heart.” Once was after the shepherd’s exclamation (Luke 2:19) and the other happened several years later when Jesus stayed

8 12, 2015

Pondering at Advent

By |2016-10-31T13:57:14-04:00December 8th, 2015|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

The excitement of the coming of Jesus can be surreal at times. I can’t imagine what the first Christmas was like, to experience the juxtaposition of a dingy stable where Jesus was born to the grand angelic choir that announced his birth. Luke 2:19 tells us that Mary “treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” Again, after Jesus’ visit to the temple at age 12, v51

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