Teenage Jesus

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Have you ever wondered about the life of Jesus as a teenager? Who were his friends? Did Mary and Joseph worry if he stayed out after dark? Was he charismatic like a star quarterback, like everyone’s friend, the class favorite? Did he have awkward moments? Did he feel insecure? Was he bullied in the shadowy corners of the temple? Did a brute of a boy hassle him or a mean girl spread rumors? For what was he envied? Did he ever run home crying? Did he fight back before he learned how to turn the other cheek? Were the people who criticized his ministry some of the same people who, in youth, gave him a hard time in the neighborhood?

Through Jesus, God came to earth to know exactly what it is like to be us and to save us from ourselves. Let him be the hurt teenager you were, the wounded adult you became. Remember, “There was not one person who was reluctant to approach him for fear of being rejected.” Walk the bridge he built for you. Run into his arms.

Suggested reading: God Came Near by Max Lucado

A Back to School Prayer

 

B2S Prayer

Please join me in a back to school prayer.

Lord,

I praise you for the gift of knowledge and the freedom to learn. As students return to school and enter college, I pray for their safety. Protect the lives and minds of our youth. May they grow in authenticity and character and live boldly as they discover the paths you have laid out before them. Together, with their parents, teachers, coaches, and mentors, help them expand their thinking beyond the walls of school. Give them the courage to stand up for the bullied and, as painful as it may be, help them also to show love toward bullies.

I lift up parents. Provide them comfort while their kids are away at school and guidance as they help their children navigate new learning and social experiences.

I pray for the administrators and teachers as they set the tone for the year and dedicate time and care to their students. Sustain their commitment and energy throughout the year. May they be encouraged often and reminded of their impact when paperwork and protocol become overwhelming.

Thank you for all of the people who work behind the scenes to keep schools organized, clean, and operational, for those who cook food, drive buses, and volunteer their time. I pray a blessing upon communities everywhere as they gather to build-up our youth for the future.

God, I also pray for the kids who dread returning to school. Protect their hearts. Diminish their stress and anxiety. Remind them of their strengths and uniqueness and that there are always people to go to for help and understanding. Instill within them the confidence that life is worth living, and their value is found in you, Lord.

I pray all of this in the name of Jesus. Amen.