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Advent Reading – December 11, 2017

Maryanne Berge – Mission Pastor

Luke 2:41-52

Every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover. When he was twelve years old, they went up to the Feast according to the customs. After the Feast was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem but they were unaware of it.

“Mom, I am thinking of visiting a Refugee camp in Lebanon after our time in Iraq this summer”, says my daughter through a text message, while in Turkey.

As a parent I have prayed that my children would be about the Father’s business.  That they would experience God as a good Father, one they could trust to be faithful in their lives. The desire of my heart is for my children to seek God’s mission for their lives.  But Like Mary, I still ponder the decisions they make and struggle at times to release them fully to the Father!

Mary and Joseph searched 3 days for Jesus after they had visited the temple in Jerusalem with him. I wonder if they experienced the typical parental emotions vacillating between anxiety and frustration, blame and fear? How many of us have experienced that moment in the store or at the playground when you couldn’t find your child and the panic begins?

When his parents saw him they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”

“Why were you searching for me?” Jesus asked.  “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house? But they did not understand what he was saying to them.” (Luke 2:48-49)

In these statements Jesus begins to express to His parents His understanding of God’s mission for His life.  He refers to God as His Father which shows the close familial relationship that Jesus had with God. It is this kind of intimate relationship that our Heavenly Father desires to have with each of us, as His children.  As we surrender to His ways and delight in Him, Jesus comes into our hearts daily as our Lord, our redeemer, our friend, our guide.  To follow Jesus and His ways we need to spend time in the “Father’s house” and make decisions based on what His call is for our lives day to day.  The only way we are able to do this is through an intimate, loving relationship with the Father. We look to Jesus and His example to us as a young boy following after the things of God in His Father’s house.  Lord Jesus, thank you for coming to live among us and change our hearts daily with your presence.

What are the things the Father is inviting you to ponder in your heart today about Jesus, about your walk with Him? Is there someone you need to release more fully to be in the Father’s house, even when you don’t understand where their calling may lead?