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... the Boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His
parents did not know it (Luke 2:43b).

Read Luke 2:41-52
If you were a 12-year-old, left alone in a huge capital
city, where would you go?
Mary and Joseph spent three frantic days trying to
answer that question, as they searched for 12- year-
old Jesus. Would they find Him roaming though the
market place, staring up at one of Herod the Great's
three spectacular towers, or would He be gazing at
his opulent palace in the north end of town? Was He
watching the Roman soldiers practicing their military
formations and running their drills in the Antonia
Fortress? Would He be cheering along with the
chariot races in the Jerusalem hippodrome-that same
horse track featured in the movie Ben Hur?
The truth is none of these places held the biggest
attraction for Jesus. He was in the last place most of
us would ever expect a pre-teen to be. On the third
day they found Him in the temple courts, asking
questions of the religious leaders. His greatest thrill
was to be at His Father's house fulfilling His great
When His mother asked why He had treated them
that way, Jesus' answer confused both Mary and
Joseph, "Did you not know that I must be in My
Father's house?" Jesus had important work to do,
and He knew it. Everything was riding on it: His
great mission and our eternal future. To open
heaven to us He had to live a perfect life, with
absolute obedience and perfection. He had to learn,
understand and memorize God's Word; He had to
know it inside and out. He was a single-minded
Savior on a single-minded mission.
Lord Jesus, thank You for Your single-minded
dedication to our salvation. Give me a similar hunger
for Your Word too. Amen.
Lenten Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

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[God] has sent me to bind up the
broken hearted, to proclaim freedom
for the captives and release from
darkness for the prisoners ...
Isaiah 61:1
We must be free not because we
claim freedom, but because we
practice it.
William Faulkner
God, open our eyes to see that the
fruit of life comes when we plant
seeds of hope among those whom
the world rejects.
adapted from Common Prayer
(Sojourners,   sojo.net)

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sing to the LORD, all the earth. — Psalm 96:1
Albert Einstein once said that the definition of
insanity is doing the same thing over and over
again — and expecting different results. And yet,
as human beings we tend to be creatures of habit
even as we wish for different circumstances in our
lives and in our world. As Einstein made clear,
however, there is only one way to change the
circumstances we see in our lives: If we don’t like
the results, we need to change the equation.
For far too long humanity has sung the same song.
A song of war and sadness. A song of depravity and
deception. We have sung dirges of hate and ballads
of oppression. Yes, there have been high notes in
history, and at times, even a great symphony. Yet
by and large, our song has stayed the same with the
same sorry chorus. History tends to repeat itself. But
it doesn’t have to.
Friends, it’s time for us to change our tune. It’s time
to do something different so our world can be different.
And the changes start with us. Do you dance to a
song of worry all day long? Try to tune in to the
wavelength of faith. Do you walk to the beat of an
angry drum? Try to slow the rhythm and sing a tranquil
tune instead. An amazing thing happens when even one
person whistles a happy, catchy new tune. Everyone
around them wants to join in!
So “sing to the LORD a new song,” your new song, and
soon others will be singing it, too.
With prayers for shalom, peace,
Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein

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