“Kept All In Her Heart“

Book of Luke, Chapter 2, I believe is one of the few stories from the New Testament that talks about Jesus as a youth.

The story goes, he and has family had gone to Jerusalem for annual Passover Feast. They stayed there for the whole of days, and traveling with a large group, departed.

After a day of travel they realized Jesus was not among them; and returning to Jerusalem found him in The Temple listening to the teachers.

And the big insight near the end of the passage, Jesus says essentially, “Why were you worried, I was in my father’s house.” And his mother kept all these things in her heart.

This is the line that gets me. She kept these things in her heart. Sometimes that’s fine, keeping thoughts, observations, perspective to yourself. But as for me, keeping things to oneself for “the right time”, or “another time”, or because you’re not sure…I just don’t think that’s right. I’ve made that mistake too many times.

And so the insight of Jesus’ wisdom and understanding as a youth, and awareness of somehow his special connection to God as father; that’s swell and fits with Father’s Day…aware of God our Father…but let’s not keep it to ourselves in our hearts, let’s share it with the world.

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