Growing in Christ
“And Jesus increased in wisdom and in years and in divine and human favor.” Luke 2:52
Do people usually have bookmarks in their Bible? I have several.
The bookmark that is most special to me is a yellow ribbon with a blue morning glory sticker at the top. Hand-written on the ribbon is “Luke 2:52, He grew in wisdom and in stature”, and of course it stays on the page of this passage. The Bible, with its broken spine held together with scotch tape, was given to me in 1960, by the Grace Evangelical United Brethren Church, in Naperville, Illinois.
For me, the words of this scripture provide the complete direction needed for a young person to grow into the honest, respectful, caring person that God knows we can be. An individual has the potential to fully develop in each of these key areas: physical, mental, social, and spiritual.
For my confirmation, at Grace EUB Church, I had my Bible open to this scripture as I knelt for the confirmation blessing. I knew this passage would encourage and direct me throughout my life.
Although Jesus was unique, he had a normal childhood and went through the same progression as we do. He grew physically and mentally, he related to other people, and he was loved by God.
While this passage guided my path when growing up, I also found it relevant to my years as a mother, when raising our sons. I always said I just wanted them to be good human beings – who were of good character, honest, hard-working, and who cared about others. Of course, taking our four boys to church every Sunday was part of the plan, and reinforced all that we, as parents, were teaching them.
ps: My second favorite Bible bookmark?
A hand-made tatted cross marking the 23rd Psalm.
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