Scripture: Luke 2:41-42
Now every year Jesus’ 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.
Thought for the Day: “I can’t believe another year has come and gone!” How many times have you said that? As I get older, I say it more and more. I wonder if the parent’s of Jesus said it as they were preparing to participate in the Passover festival. I wonder if Mary and Joseph ever said, “Let’s just skip this year.” Maybe…but I doubt it. Though these events come around each year, they are important. The ritual experience teaches us and shapes us in those things we value. Today is New Years Eve, and though it comes around every year, that’s no reason to ignore it. In fact, naming it and celebrating it teaches us to let go of the past and prepare for the future. It quietly forms us in those things that are of value.
Prayer: Holy and Magnificent God, I give you thanks for your amazing gifts of love and mercy. As special holidays and anniversaries occur this year coming year, may they give reason to celebrate and reconnect with your wonderful works of grace. Amen.