1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26
Psalm 148
Colossians 3:12-17
Luke 2:41-52

Jesus was in the Temple, at twelve years old. He had hidden from Joseph and Mary, and taught the elders in the temple. What marvelous things this pre-teen was saying! He was so knowledgeable of a God who surpasses in creativity. This God, who is His Father, is God beyond wonders. Just like Samuel, who grew in stature and favor of the LORD, Jesus grows in favor of God as he grew.

In Colossians, we’re taught to absorb the word of Christ and forgive as Christ forgave. To love beyond measure. In essence, we’re taught to be like Christ. We are taught like Christ was taught and how he taught his elders. We can be students of our marvelous God, just as Jesus and Samuel were, and learn something special, every day. We can love like crazy, forgive like we’re insane, and sing hymns and cherish family members and church members like they are our world – because they are. We have to take care of each other, as I can imagine Christ was teaching the elders in the Temple.

Christ had access to the knowledge of God’s heart, because he spoke with him. We can have that knowledge, if we only talk to God as we would a friend, as someone has put us into his fold and loved, cherished, and valued as a child. A little over a month ago, I was asked during a sermon to read the Bible and see what God was saying to me. What did I see and hear? Love. And much much more. This Christmas season, what is God saying to you? What is our marvelous God creatively saying to you today?

Alleluia and Amen.

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