Friday, May 27, 2011

Why Hast Thou Thus Dealt With Us?

This week I was reading in Luke about the time that Joseph and Mary lost Jesus for a day. Jesus was about twelve. They had gone to the feast of Passover in Jerusalem and were traveling home several days journey. After a day they realized Jesus was not with them or any of their relations.


So they returned to Jerusalem and spent 3 days looking for him. If you know this story, you know that they found him in the temple hearing and asking the doctors questions. What I noticed this time reading this story were Mary's words: "Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing." (Luke 2:48)

I realized that even though Jesus Christ was without sin and perfect, he still sometimes caused his parents sorrow.

This is interesting to me. They felt he had dealt with them badly. He didn't understand how they didn't understand that he was just fulfilling his mission.
49And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? awist ye not that I must be about my bFather’s business?

50And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them.

Again. Interesting. This makes me wonder how much of our sorrowing over our children is just misunderstanding their mission.

For example, last week, Phoebe got up early and I could hear her messing around in the kitchen. She has been in a sneaking phase, so I though she might be into the freezer sneaking ice cream or frozen raspberries.

I was about to catch her in the act and give her a long boring lecture, but 1 second before I could she saw me and screamed, "Close your eyes!"

It turned out that she had gotten up early to make me a surprise breakfast. I was stunned and awed that she would even think to do such a thing. It was the best breakfast I think I have ever had. Peanut butter on toast. Not toasted. :)

It was a nice literal wake up call to give people, but especially her, the benefit of the doubt before I start sorrowing.

I'm sure that you also have examples of this. I'd love to hear them.


  1. I don't know you, I've just stumbled on your blog through a friend... but I just wanted to say how much I appreciate your posts and insight. I really love the fact that you're not the mythical LDS housewife who blogs about a perfect life and a perfect pseudo-hipstery family, but you're also not so "progressive" that you come off bitter or contentious.
    It's nice to know that there are other LDS women out there who are just trying to get through this life and draw closer to Heavenly Father without fighting over who is the most correct.
    Does that sound weird? Either way, I just really like your blog. :)

  2. I really like this. I have been reading Christlike Parenting by Glen I Latham and really enjoying it. My example, I will be busy with something and my 5 yr old will say "mom, mom, I have to tell you something," to which I hurriedly say, "what?" "I love you, mommy." So humbling. Thanks Felice!

  3. Thanks for commenting, Elizabeth. I appreciate your appreciation. And Robyn, I have to tell you something, too. I love you. A lot.



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