18 years of Jesus’ life are summarised in 13 words, by Luke in his Gospel:
“Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them”.
Here’s a moving perspective I found in my readings the other day:
NAZARETH – Joseph & Jesus
At key moments he would sense the call of something more
His greatness would be felt in further realms than this.
Strange choice of fosterage for a future king,
to be a trusted, patient elder brother
and learn this happy and hard working, hidden life.
And Joseph taught him all he knew:
to give his best, do small things with great love,
seen or unseen, complete each task, say, ‘it is finished’.
Still, it seemed strange apprenticing for a Messiah
to have familiarity with nails and wood !!
‘From The places of the house that John built readings by Andy Raine
in Celtic Daily Prayer Book 2: Farther Up and Farther In published by Collins. Used with permission.’