What a task! Imagine knowing that your child – and first one, at that – was destined to be your people’s long-awaited Messiah. No guinea pigs to hone your parenting skills – just BAM, right out of the chute. When I consider the responsibility involved of raising my own children – all very special in their own right, but ultimately rather normal – I’m sometimes taken aback. I can’t imagine the being told that my first child was GOING to become the President of the United States, the next CEO of GM, or Billy Graham – you get the picture. I’m sure I’d find the prospect rather intimidating, to say the least. I expect that Mary and Joseph had similar concerns. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I suspect that this is at least part of the reason behind a young Mary going to visit her pregnant relative – Elizabeth, the wife of the priest – Mary needed insight as to what it would mean to be the mother of the Messiah!
While I’m sure they weren’t perfect – what first time parents are – the last half of Luke 2 gives some parenting insights that any Christian parent would do well to heed. In short, they ensure that the young Jesus is well established in their faith in God and the standards/expectations of their people/community. Continue reading Parenting Points – Advent Reflections from Luke