An extra devotional reading for your Christmas season today!
Prayer: Lord, help me to treasure your Son in my heart.
Reading: Luke 2:41-52 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: Merry Christmas!! ‘Tis the second Day of Christmas. I hope yesterday was an exciting, joyful day for you. I hope that today is a treasure for you.
Seldom do we get to read Luke’s accounts of Jesus’ childhood. We do today. I’m always struck by Joseph and Mary’s angst when they couldn’t find their son. Imagine wondering around a city for three days trying to find your child! It’s understandable that when they found him their response was one of admonishment. That Jesus would wonder off and not tell them. But, all in a youth’s growing up, right?
Luke’s insight about Mary’s relationship to Jesus is wonderful. She treasured all these things about Jesus in her heart. Treasured in her heart. It’s an intuitive thing, don’t you think? Treasuring things in your heart. Respect, honor, appreciation, thanksgiving, admire—some of those responses are good, too. But treasuring something in our hearts—that’s different.
‘Tis the second Day of Christmas. How do you treasure Jesus in your heart today? --Jim Bricker
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