Lost in Time & Caught Up in the Moment-Read Together Scriptures for May 8, Luke 2:41-52

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Have you ever been reading a book that you just couldn’t put down because you were completely enthralled in its content and caught up in the antics of the characters? Or, have you been deeply engrossed in eye-opening conversation and before you know it, time had escaped you and you missed an event?

In Luke 2, we read about Jesus who was caught up in conversation and probably reading the scrolls in the Temple with the Sanhedrin, lost track of the time and forgot about joining his parents to travel back home.  This story shows us the amazing human part of the adolescent boy Jesus who wanted to keep searching and looking for more as he is taking steps for his covenantal responsibity.  Understanding the things of God just doesn’t come to us by a lightening bolt, even for our Savior Jesus.

Jesus stuck to his convictions of spending time, asking deep questions and seeing how God used these experiences to provide him with a super mind-blowing sense of self as he grew in wisdom.

Let’s not get caught up in the hustle of our daily lives that we fail to take the time to search and find those powerful faith-on-the-go moments.  We can use these opportunities to continue searching, asking questions and learning about connecting scripture to our daily lives and faith practices when we’re at church and at home in the middle of our habits and messes.

Read the story from Luke 2:41-52 from a Bible or a Children’s Bible Storybook any time that works for you.  Tell the story in the car on the way to school and talk later in the day.

“…if you seek God,… you’ll be able to find him if you’re serious, looking for him with your whole heart and soul…”  Deuteronomy 4:29 (The Message)

“Instead, desire first and foremost God’s kingdom and God’s righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”  Matthew 6:33 (CEB)

Cultivate Faith Talk (Preschool-Early Elementary)

  1. I wonder if you have ever been lost in a store aisle?  I wonder how your parents/grandparents felt?
  2. I wonder if you said something like this when your parents turned around and you were not with them. “Didn’t you know I’d be looking at Mindcraft stuff in the next aisle?
  3. When was the last time I thought about Jesus when I looked at the grass and flowers?

Cultivate Faith Talk (Elementary and Older)

  1. If you’ve lost a sock in the dryer, did you ever find the missing one?  Did you keep searching until you found it?  How is that experience like learning more about Jesus?
  2. I wonder how important this story is to us today?
  3. I wonder why it is important to search for connections to Jesus in our daily routines?
  4. Have you been totally engaged in a conversation or on the phone and didn’t hear your parent call you to dinner?  How is doing that like what Jesus was doing in the Temple?
  5. I wonder if Jesus’ conversation with his parents sounds like a conversation in your house?  Can you think of a moment when you forgot about the time and was late to dinner?  Late getting home?   Late in getting work done?

Ideas for Faith-On-The-Go This Week-Let’s Notice and Experience (All Ages):

  • Think about the time you spend in sports and studying in school. I wonder if I spend enough time listening to and reading Bible stories?
  • When riding in the car to an event or church, talk about how twelve year old Jesus was so intent and excited about learning more and spending time in God’s house.  What do we get excited about today?
  • Look at the painting.  I wonder what is going on in the picture?
  • Talk about your lesson in Children’s Church, Sunday School or the sermon.  What is most important about the lesson/story/character?  I wonder what we can learn from this?  I wonder what you want to remember from the story?

Blessings This Week:  Look for God…in every place…His hope and love is with you.

The Lord goes before you and is always beside you.

Jesus is in your heart through faith…You are being rooted and grounded in love by Him.  You are covered in love by us forever.

(Adapted from Ephesians 3:17)

Music-On-The-Go for All Ages:

Seek Ye First song for Children and Adults

Seeing the Story Through Art:

The Finding of the Saviour in the Temple (1854–1860) is a painting by William Holman Hunt

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