Lenten Devotional Series 2020: Day 23

A Lost Child by Beata Gray

I remember a day when I was shopping at Walmart with my two youngest children.  Tennison was 5 years old and Montgomery was 3 years old.  They insisted that they wanted to walk beside the cart and promised to stay beside me.  While I was deciding on frozen vegetables, Montgomery decided to go to the end of the aisle and hide around the corner.  It was less than a minute, not even 30 seconds that my eyes were not on him, and just like that, he was gone.

The fear I felt was beyond any fear I had ever experienced.  I ran down to the end of the aisle and didn’t see him.  I turned the corner to look down the next aisle at the same time he turned to go back.  While it seemed like years to me, it was only a minute or two that we couldn’t find each other but it felt like an eternity.  He was crying when I found him, and I admonished him to NEVER leave my side in a store again, look how scared he was!  He, through his sobs and tears, responded that he wasn’t scared.  I was terrified!

I imagine that this is how Mary felt.  Her child, her precious boy, was nowhere to be found.  When she did find him, his response to her anxious questions was that she should have known that he would be in his Father’s house.  As Mary pondered this and kept his words in her heart, I think she started to get an inkling of what was to come; that this boy of hers, was not only hers, and that she would one day see him gone and would not be able to find him and bring him home.

Prayer:  Our Heavenly God, please help us to not lose sight of our Lord Jesus as we follow His teachings and examples.  When we do turn our eyes from Him, let us remember to look to you, His father, to show us our way back to Him.  Amen

Luke 2: 41- 52

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.

One Reply to “Lenten Devotional Series 2020: Day 23”

  1. This story of the lost child hits me hard for some reason, and I don’t have children! I do have loved ones and I do know the pain of letting go when God has called them home. Beata evokes that pain with her story and comment that Mary at some point knew she would have to let go of her beloved child. Following God indeed requires us to LET GO when love calls for it. That includes self-love.

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