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.’