Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of December 30, 2007
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As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho
Press, here is a selection from our book of daily
devotions, "Living as the Beloved: One Day at a
Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
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Spiritual insight and priorities
"And when they saw him they were astonished; and
his mother said to him, 'Son, why have you treated
us so? Behold, your father and I have been looking
for you anxiously.' And he said to them, 'How is
it that you sought me? Did you not know that I
must be in my Father's house?' And they did not
understand the saying which he spoke to them."
At age twelve, Jesus already had established some
of his spiritual priorities. His love for God's
house was profound. He was already spiritually
mature. As a preteen, Jesus had a tender, intimate,
loving, and trusting name for God that most of his
peers and certainly his parents did not use. His
prayer life was radical. Jesus believed in prayer
and having special places to worship and pray.
Jesus grew up in a religious atmosphere. He enjoyed
regular worship in the local synagogue including
periodic pilgrimages to Jerusalem. He grew up
with a distinct rhythm of daily worship and hours
of prayer. These influenced him as he grew into
manhood. From birth, Jesus was taught the Torah
(the first five books in the Old Testament). As
a child, he was taught to memorize many Old
Testament prayers. Regular worship habits were
part of his society and culture. The memory and
oral traditions were engraved in his heart.
As a Jewish son, his religious education began at
birth. It began in the home before he was introduced
to formal teaching. It was seen and heard, before
book learning. Jewish parents had very high regard
for their children. The relationship with the father
and mother is intimate and tender. The fifth
commandment is to honor our parents. Jesus did
that. When his worried parents found him in the
temple, he obediently came home with them.
The New Testament reminds us that we are positively
influenced by a knowledge of Holy Scripture (2
Timothy 1:5; 3:15). Sacred words are empowering
when taken in context. Consider reading the Bible
from cover to cover. It is a big book and takes
some time and discipline. The Bible is full of
wonderful words of life. Like Jesus, consider
visiting a local place of worship. Find one that
welcomes and affirms you as a valued, precious,
child of God. Consider praying a tender, intimate,
loving name for God. Your life will never again be
Teach your children about God through the Jesus
stories, and they too, will be empowered.
God, help us seek and find you, while learning to
love your houses of worship.
Grace and peace,
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