Great Plains Daily Devotional for 12/27/2021

Today please be in prayer for

Fulton UMC
Mapleton UMC
Five Rivers District
Garnett: First UMC
Five Rivers District
Gridley UMC
Turkey Creek UMC
Five Rivers District
Hiattville UMC
Uniontown UMC
Five Rivers District

Today's Lectionary Text

Luke 2:41-5

Now every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the festival of the Passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up as usual for the festival. When the festival was ended and they started to return, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it. Assuming that he was in the group of travelers, they went a day’s journey. Then they started to look for him among their relatives and friends. When they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem to search for him. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him they were astonished; and his mother said to him, “Child, why have you treated us like this? Look, your father and I have been searching for you in great anxiety.” He said to them, “Why were you searching for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what he said to them. Then he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them. His mother treasured all these things in her heart.

And Jesus increased in wisdom and in years, and in divine and human favor.

Today's Devotional

Monday's we invite you to meditate over the gospel in the lectionary for the week and ask a series of questions that you can answer on your own, with your small group or we hope you will share your answers and insights on our Facebook page. 

This wasn't the first time Jesus had been to Jerusalem for Passover.  He likely went every year with his extended family for the festival. Do you think his age and the responsibilities his religious community attributed to it contributed to his decision to stay behind?

This passage indicates that Jesus wasn't a rebellious child and was obedient to his parents.  His words to them ring of genuine confusion.  Do you think this is the first time he has had to choose his heavenly Father over his earthly father to obey?

This must-have presented a unique parenting challenge, to say the least for Joseph and Mary.  They have an obedient child, but with a deity as a parenting partner what would be the most challenging and unique obstacles that would come to your mind?

 

 

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