Joseph and Mary: The Heart’s Treasure

Joseph and Mary: The Heart’s Treasure

It is Christmas Eve 2011, I finally got my son to sleep & my wife and I are wrapping the rest of his presents. So many kids are going to sleep with such anticipation of the gifts they will receive in a few hours. It all makes me think of one of the devotionals in the Husbands, Wives, God Devotional. So here is an excerpt from Week 52 of the 52 Week HWG Devotional. Have a blessed and Merry Christmas with your family. God Bless!


Luke 2:19 But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart.

Luke 2:51 And He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and He continued in subjection to them; and His mother treasured all these things in her heart.

When I was a little boy, my grandfather, Charles Lee, gave me a baseball glove. I did not know it at the time, but it was not just any old glove. Rather, it was one of the gloves he used in the 1950s when he played “semi-pro” baseball in the Industrial League, a component part of the Negro Baseball League. Since most players from that era are now deceased, I imagine a sixty-year old glove from a bygone era might have some value.

Had I known at 8 or 9 years old what that glove represented and where it had been used, I would have treated it differently. However, I did not; I simply did not know the value or understand the sacrifice of using and owning that glove. Instead, I left it out in the rain, or in the yard for days on end. It had little value to me; to me, it was just a right-handed baseball glove that as a left-hander I could not use.

I often think about that glove. Now that I know the whole, given the chance to do it over, I would treat that old glove differently. I would treasure or value granddad’s glove the way it deserved. But just as I did not treasure the uniqueness of a baseball glove, I think the same is true of so many areas of our life and marriages. We come in and out of contact with people, places, things, events, and times that deserve to be treasured in our hearts for their sacredness, yet we seem to miss the “specialness” of the encounter or moment.

On two separate occasions in the second chapter of Matthew, Mary, the wife of Joseph and the earthly mother of Jesus, is said to have treasured God’s activity in her life and the life of her family. First, at the birth of Jesus, a host of angels appeared and began praising God, saying, “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.” The shepherds then went to Bethlehem, and found Joseph, Mary, and Jesus. Those who heard about this series of events wondered about their meaning and significance. Mary, on the other hand, treasured them (Luke 2:19). She placed a high value on the birth of her child who was conceived while she was a virgin, was prophesied to be the Messiah while she was pregnant, and whom angels appeared to glorify God when His birth. Mary took hold of the fullness of the moment and valued its significance properly. Others may have found it interesting, but they missed the scope of what was happening in that moment.

There was also a time, when Jesus was twelve years old, that He was separated from His parents for several days. When they eventually found Him, he was teaching in the temple in Jerusalem. In response to Joseph and Mary’s questions about His whereabouts, Jesus answered, “Why is it that you were looking for Me? Did you not know that I had to be in My Father’s house?” It was a statement that neither Joseph nor Mary understood, but regardless, “His mother treasured all these things in her heart” (cf. Luke 2:51).

On both occasions, the full meaning of what was occurring was not grasped. Nevertheless, even though Mary did not fully understand what was going on, she recognized the presence and handiwork of God. This time of year, we are fully engaged in the ceaseless activity of the holiday season, but, as you look toward the new year, take time as Husband and Wife to treasure God’s work and movement in your life as you reflect on God’s divine hand in your years of marriage and parenting.

Matthew 6:19-21 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Meditations for the Week:

  • What does it mean to you to treasure God?
  • What one thing has God done this past year that you treasure?
  • In reading Matthew 6:19-21, are there things that you have treasured
    more than you have treasured God?


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