every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover. when he was 12 years old, they went up to the Feast, according to the custom. after the Feast was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. then they began looking for him among their relatives &friends. when they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. after 3 days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them &asking them questions. everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding &his answers. when his parents saw him, they were astonished. when his parents saw him, they were astonished. his mother said to him, "Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father &I have been anxiously searching for you."
"why were you searching for me? he asked. "didn't you know i had to be in my Father's house?" but they did not understand what he was saying to them.
then he went down to Nazareth with them &was obedient to them. but his mother treasured all these things in her heart. &Jesus grew in wisdom &stature, &in favor with God &men.
my home's in heaven; just travelin' through the world -Billy Graham
as rain &snow come down from heaven, &don't return to it w/o watering Earth &making it bud &flourish, so that it yields seed for sower &bread for eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: it will not return to me empty, but accomplish what i desire &achieve the purpose for which i sent it.
out of love for the truth &the desire to bring it to light -95 theses, 1517.
if there are words for Him then, I don't have them. you see my brain has not yet reached a point where it could form a thought that could adequately describe the greatness of my God. &my voice is so inhibited, restrained by human limits, that it's hard to even sing a praise up. my God: unsearchable yet knowable. indefinable, yet approachable. indescribable, yet personal.
when the world shook &the sun was wiped out of heaven, it was not at the crucifixion, but at the cry from cross: the cry which confessed that God was forsaken of God (Matt: 27:46) &now let the revolutionists choose a creed from all creeds &a god from all gods of the world, carefully weighing all gods of inevitable recurrence &of unalterable power. they will not find another god who has himself been in revolt. nay (the matter grows too difficult for human speech), but let the atheists themselves choose a god. they will find only 1 divinity who ever uttered their isolation; only 1 religion in which God seemed for an instant to be an atheist. -GKC. †