Each year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Passover Festival. When he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to their custom. After the festival was over, they were returning home, but the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents didn’t know it. Supposing that he was among their band of travelers, they journeyed on for a full day while looking for him among their family and friends. When they didn’t find Jesus, they returned to Jerusalem to look for him. After three days they found him in the temple…  His mother said, “Child, why have you treated us like this? Listen! Your father and I have been worried. We’ve been looking for you!” (Luke 2:41-46, 48)

Mary and Joseph traveled on foot from Galilee to Jerusalem for the Passover festival, a time to celebrate and give thanks for God’s delivering Israel out of slavery in Egypt. It was a little more than 90 miles, probably a three-day trip each way. Mary was not happy that her son had shown such disrespect for her and Joseph. Jesus had remained behind in Jerusalem without telling them. Traveling with children is not always easy. AAA estimates that 55.4 million people will travel more than 50 miles from home this week. Many will be traveling with kids to celebrate Thanksgiving with family. Although we don’t always get along with them, we are grateful for our families.

Save travels! Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Dr. Sam