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The Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad

In the Temple

Luke 2:41-52

First Sunday after Christmas - Year C

December 31, 2006

The Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad (ELCA)

Do you remember being twelve years old? Maybe that was a long time ago or maybe just a couple of years. If you can't remember exactly, think about somebody you know who's twelve: sixth grade or maybe seventh, the end of elementary school in some places or the beginning of middle school in New York City where I live. Twelve is an in-between time, not yet fully grown but no longer a little kid. In some countries twelve year olds are working full-time, picking through garbage dumps searching for copper wire or computer parts to sell, or pounding rocks into small pieces to make gravel, earning pennies a day for their families. In some parts of Africa, a girl who's twelve now heads her household caring for younger siblings after their parents have died. In far too many countries, a boy who's twelve is carrying a rifle as part of a rebel army he probably didn't choose to join.

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