Thursday, December 21, 2006

And Mary pondered all these things . . .

That's what we do, right? We women. We ponder things. I've come up with no less than 5 posts of a Christmas nature that I'm just not through pondering yet. So in the meantime, some thoughts about Mary and Joseph.

Do you ever wonder what Mary might have been pondering? I don't just mean when the wise men presented her with those foretelling gifts. I wonder what went through her mind when the angel told her she would bear a son, not conceived by man. And when she had to face her family with the truth? And when she raced, maybe in fear, to her cousin Elizabeth's house. I wonder if she missed her maidenhood friendships when she was thrust into the throes of womanhood so unexpectedly? Did she worry about what kind of mother she would be? What did she think about travelling to Bethlehem so close to the birth of her child, so far from her family and all she knew?

Maybe you've wondered about some of these things. If so, you should think about going to see The Nativity Story. I went with my parents and husband to see it this past Sunday. This well-written screenplay took us into the minds of Mary and Joseph during those months prior to Christ's birth. Believable characters combined with breathtaking scenery and a timeless storyline to bring the story to life.

And if you enjoy a behind the scenes peek at things, you'll probably enjoy Angel Hunt's blog entries relating to her novelization of the screenplay. Scroll down to to the entries beginning around December 9th.

Whatever you do, I hope you take some time to ponder the Christmas story anew this year, and that it's fresh with meaning for you. In the meantime, I'll go back to my ponderings and hopefully come up with some things to share between now and Christmas.

9 comments:

Jennifer said...

Thanks for this review. I'm not sure that I'll get to see it in the theater, but it does sound like something I want to see.

gail said...

I had wanted to go see this movie also but not sure I'll get to before Christmas....maybe it'll stay on a bit longer.

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

I so want to see it! I'm hoping in the next week or so, we can go.

Thanks for the wonderful post, and Merry Christmas!

osray said...

Dianne... First, Merry Christmas to you and your family. The scripture says that Mary PONDERED these things in her heart... bet she did some powerful pondering like you do.

Barb said...

After all the Christmas festivities are behind me, after it's all over and life has settled down again, between Christmas and New Year's, I've told Rob the one and only thing I want for Christmas is to see this movie.

Merry Christmas, Dianne. I've enjoyed meeting you so much and look forward to meeting you in person when I next go to PA to see Bev.

Kelly said...

I think we are going to see it in a couple of days. Thanks for the review.

Susanne said...

I cannot imagine what all she might have been going through! I'd love to see that movie, too!

Barb said...

I just saw The Nativity Story yesterday, Dianne, and couldn't agree with you more that it's a wonderful movie. It struck me as being very "real" and the moment this DVD goes on sale I'll be adding this movie to my collection of great Christmas movies.

Blessed Beyond Measure said...

We saw Nativity Story on Christmas Eve, magical to see it on that day and we plan to buy it next year and repeat every year. Wonderful - it completely brought to mind what they went through as a family.