39 When Mary and Joseph had completed everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to their hometown, Nazareth in Galilee. 40 The child grew up and became strong. He was filled with wisdom, and God’s favor was on him. 41 Each year his parents went to Jerusalem for the Passover Festival. 42 When he was 12 years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to their custom. 43 After the festival was over, they were returning home, but the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents didn’t know it. 44 Supposing that he was among their band of travelers, they journeyed on for a full day while looking for him among their family and friends. 45 When they didn’t find Jesus, they returned to Jerusalem to look for him. 46 After three days they found him in the temple. He was sitting among the teachers, listening to them and putting questions to them. 47 Everyone who heard him was amazed by his understanding and his answers. 48 When his parents saw him, they were shocked. His mother said, “Child, why have you treated us like this? Listen! Your father and I have been worried. We’ve been looking for you!” 49 Jesus replied, “Why were you looking for me? Didn’t you know that it was necessary for me to be in my Father’s house?” 50 But they didn’t understand what he said to them. 51 Jesus went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. His mother cherished every word in her heart. 52 Jesus matured in wisdom and years, and in favor with God and with people. (Luke 2:39-52, CEB)
Have you ever lost a child? In a store, or at a park, or anywhere?
It is a feeling you never forget when your child is not to be found and you worry you will never see them again. It is a sinking feeling of loss and remorse. How did I let this happen?
Mary and Joseph traveled a full day looking for Jesus and when they couldn’t find him among the family, they went back to Jerusalem to look. And there he was.
And like any good parent, they flip the blame on the child, how could you do this? I told you to stay with me! Maybe if we always try to love, and not blame, we would grow more into who God has made us to be.
Love as you go and share the light of Jesus. Knowing you will not always get it right, but don’t blame others for our own shortcomings, and show we are trying to be who God made us to be.
Loving People. Loving God.