Chapter-a-Day Luke 2

So he went back to Nazareth with them, and lived obediently with them. His mother held these things dearly, deep within herself. And Jesus matured, growing up in both body and spirit, blessed by both God and people. Luke 2:51-52 (MSG)

My daughter, Madison, called yesterday. It was good to hear her voice. Now that she lives in a city hours away, I relish the sound of her voice. I’m thankful that technology makes it so easy to connect. Then, in the afternoon, I heard voices downstairs and discovered that Taylor had stopped by and was chatting with Wendy. Getting a hug from her made my day brighter.

As I read today’s chapter, I found it interesting that Luke reminds us twice that Jesus’ mother “held” the experiences of his childhood “deep within.” Having interviewed Mary after Jesus’ death, I wonder if those were her words, or if it was Luke’s observation as he listened and watched.

After 30 years of consistently reading God’s Message, I have a greater appreciation for Mary’s experience than ever before. I’ve read this passage countless times and have given little thought these words. Time and experience never cease to provide a more expansive perspective to each chapter I read, and now the words leap off the page at me. 

With the girls grown and gone, I find my mind constantly accessing the hard drive of my memory to view in my mind’s eye the moments from their childhood which I hold dearly, deep within. Who they are today, and who they are becoming is rooted in the very first steps of their own journey. I hold the memory of those first steps dearly, deep within.

One thought on “Chapter-a-Day Luke 2”

  1. And Jesus matured, growing up in both body and spirit, blessed by both God and people.

    When I saw Luke 2 as the chapter this morning great memories of candelit church services and joyful worship flooded my mind. I immediately started quoting the verses that I memorized many years ago. It made my mind think about the Christmas traditions that we have established with our kids and the joy the season brings them too. I reflected on how quickly the kids are growing up. Then I read this last verse. My kids are growing in mind and in spirit too. The other night, my sweet little Kennedy wasn’t so sweet. We were an hour from home in the van and she had been disrespectful to her mother. The threat of discipline loomed for when we returned home. The poor tike worried all the way home what might be the consequence of her behavior. When we got home we went into her room and sat on her bed. It was a defining moment. She told me to give her the consequence. I said that I wasn’t going to. Then she tried to convince me that she deserved it and I HAD to give her the consequence. I used the opportunity to explain that we all sin, right? “What is the consequence?” I asked. She struggled a little with the answer and I explained that sin ultimately leads to death. That scared her a little. Then I asked why we don’t die when we sin. She thought a bit and then said that Jesus died on the cross for us. Correct I said. That’s God’s grace given to us through Jesus. I told her, I’m not going to give you a consequence b/c I am choosing to give you grace, just like God does. She cried and cried and cried and gave me a giant hug. The next morning, she woke up and came and gave me a big hug and proclaimed, “thank you for giving me grace last night, Daddy.” It was a beautiful moment and it reminded me that every day I need to give God a giant hug with tears streaming down my face for the grace that He gives me. It was likely my most impactful parenting moment to date. My little girl has a tiny bit better understanding of God now.

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