Advent Daily Devotional: December 28
December 28 by Janelle Jones
Reading: Luke 2:45-47
When they couldn’t find him, they went back to Jerusalem to search for him there. Three days later they finally discovered him in the Temple, sitting among the religious teachers, listening to them and asking questions. All who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers.
Have you had the unpleasant experience of losing your child? We had just moved to Austria as missionaries and our 2-yr old son decided to take a walk in the neighborhood on his own! He was quick and excited to be out of the fenced yard. It did not take long for us to miss him and be horrified. With the help of our neighbors, we located him quickly and all was well; however, this is an experience you do not forget and are so thankful for a good outcome. Joseph and Mary had this experience with 12-yr old Jesus. It must have amazed them to find that Jesus was with the scholars in the Temple. Our Savior was at home in His Father’s house. Spiritual growth was the priority for Jesus. Mary and Joseph were worried, but Jesus was having a great time talking with the scholars; he thought his parents should know that He would be in His Father’s house. And maybe that is the point, Jesus was in the hands of His Father. God was caring for Him. As parents, we also come to that point of putting our children in God’s Hands. God loves and cares for them and, while we are responsible for taking care of our children, all of us need to entrust them to their Heavenly Father and nourish them in the Lord. While Mary & Joseph were no doubt anxious and astonished, Jesus was not showing disrespect for them, only reaffirming that He was seeking His heavenly Father.
Our family knows it is almost Christmastime when the day after Thanksgiving, we start the all-day marathon of making gingerbread cookies.