Read Luke 2:41-52

from Rev. Rodney Hubbs, First Christian Church, McMechen

As I study this passage, I can’t help but think of the children of today as compared to the way Jesus was raised. His earthly father was actually a step-father. Many children are in this same situation today and they don’t seem to be taught or shown how to live a Christian life.

Several of today’s children, and adults as well, are quick to blame someone else for their actions. Jesus had respect for both his earthly father and his heavenly father. Jesus grew spirituality, physically, and socially. He was willing to learn his step-father’s trade and he would follow his heavenly father in his ways. He grew and was beloved by other families around him. Some of the children of today are just the opposite. Perhaps this is a portion of the Bible that both parents and children could learn from, and what better time to start than at the celebration of our Lord and Savior’s birth.

Perhaps, instead of looking to see what we have received for the Christmas holiday, maybe we should try to help someone who is less fortunate in this world. We need to spread our love as Jesus did, to all people.

Father, teach us to be humble and to show your love, not only in this season, but throughout the year.