10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Word of God with a prayerful heart.
By Susanne Timpani (No.201)
Adapted from Jane Borg (No.93)
In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, “Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you.”
But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. Luke 1:26-29
Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her. Luke 1:38
Surely Mary, the mother of Jesus, holds the greatest honour amongst mothers? Mary responded to the invitation to bear Jesus by 'pondering.' This is a wonderful example for us.
Pondering implies a careful weighing of a problem or, often, prolonged inconclusive thinking about a matter – reflection, meditation.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that little decisions don’t need our pondering. Whatever we choose brings us closer to God or further away, and either brings others closer to God or further away.
Regular ‘pondering’ facilitates the reshaping of our minds and hearts so we more readily conform to God's will. Romans 12:2
Read the scripture slowly.
Reflect on its meaning for you.
Listen for God's voice in the stillness.
Pray for God's blessing upon you.