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Monday 15th January – A desperate search

Good morning,


            Jeremiah 31:3

“The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: ‘I
have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you

with unfailing kindness.’”

We are so thankful that we come to a Father
who loves us. Take a moment to reflect on the
truth of this bible verse. Offer Him your thanks
and worship as you come into His presence today. 


Lord God, as we read your written word, may we
encounter your Living Word. May we know your
aithfulness and presence with us now. Amen.


The boy Jesus at the temple

41 Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover. 42 When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival,
according to the custom. 43 After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home,
the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. 44 Thinking he was in their company, they travelled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. 45 When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. 46 After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47 Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48 When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, ‘Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.’ (Luke 2:41-48)

The passage describes an incident which everyone who is a parent will relate to and may well have experienced with a child at some point as they’ve grown up. The moment when you realise a child is missing. Have they wondered off? Have they got distracted? Where could they be?

We may not get the full force of what Mary and Joseph are feeling when we read these words:

‘Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.’ The KJV says, “we have sought thee sorrowing…” It’s a word which expresses pain, anguish and torment. It also means to grieve.

If we use our imagination for a moment or recall a time when we experienced something similar, we will I’m sure begin to appreciate the depth of worry, anxiety and terror. No wonder Mary was crying. And tears of sorrow would have given way to absolute relief when they found Jesus.

When we’re worried, anxious, in a panic…it’s hard to think. We lose our sense of perspective. We can get overtaken and nothing else matters other than that thing which is filling our thoughts. Is there anything which is blocking or blurring your vision today? Is there any worry or concern, big or small that comes to mind?


As you come to prayer, take a moment to reflect on
the reading today. Let his Holy Spirit provide
inspiration for this new day and listen as you invite
God to speak into your life. You may like to note
down any new reflections or insight or challenge
He gives you.

Be honest with God about how you’re feeling today. Bring any concerns you have to Him now. Take a moment to rest and receive His peace.


Take a moment to pray for anyone you know caught
up in anxiety and worry.

In our cycle of prayer today we pray for the Blood
Service team and those who come into our church
building to give blood.


Contributed by Steve Kelly