Thought for the week – 14.11.19

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Jesus grew in in wisdom, stature and favour with God. Luke 2.52

There’s an old saying, ships are safe in harbour, but that’s not what ships are for.

We rightly feel secure at home among family and friends. But, inevitably, in this transitory life, we leave the safety of our harbour and face challenges.

For youngsters, this can be part of achieving greater independence. Later in life, changing circumstances, such as bereavement, relationship breakdown, ill health or money problems, force us from our comfort zone.

For 30 years, Jesus lives securely among his family and friends in the little town of Nazareth. But responding to God’s call, he leaves to proclaim, in word and deed, the coming of God’s Kingdom.

He faces hunger, rejection and, ultimately, he will give his life as a sacrifice for the sins of the world.

Were the first 30 years in Nazareth wasted years? No, during this time, Jesus comes to trust, honour and obey his Heavenly Father, that ‘people do not live by bread alone but by every word that that comes from the mouth of God’. Matthew 4:7.

When a ship leaves harbour, it must be strongly built to withstand the fiercest of storms. Are we building a strong ship of faith in preparation for the inevitable storms of life?

David James, Glencruitten House.