Please read Luke 2:41–52.
And Jesus increased in wisdom and in years, and in divine and human favor. LUKE 2:52
Today is Ash Wednesday, beginning a 46-day journey to
Perhaps more than any other Gospel writer, Luke understood the importance of preparation for significant
events. For example, Luke uses the phrase, “as he was praying” to
preface accounts of critical events in Jesus’ life: baptism, choosing
the twelve, asking “Who do you say that I am?”, transfiguration,
crucifixion, and others. But preparation involved much more.
Blessed is that person so nourished by the faith of those who have gone on ahead and of those who surround
us now. No one is exempt from the phone call, the letter, the report
that pulls the ground from beneath us. Those times demand more than can
be frantically improvised without the memory, the tradition, the
community which make faith more than a private mood. It is a wise
homemaker who, when fruits and vegetables are ripe, will prepare for
the season of frost and freeze. When the earth becomes barren and cold,
the family fares as though it were spring.
Today we begin a 46–day journey to Easter, but the
Dr. Craddock's reflections were originally published in the 2005 Fellowship of Prayer Lenten devotional, and are being republished here courtesy of Chalice Press.