And the Child Grew by Walter Rane

And the Child Grew

“And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him” (Luke 2:40).

Undoubtedly, Jesus’ early growth and preparedness were prompted by both training received from His Heavenly Father, as well as from His earthly one.  Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles mentioned one of the many valuable lessons to be realized from Joseph: “We could remember his magnificent but virtually unknown foster father, a humble carpenter by trade who taught us, among other things, that quiet, plain, unpretentious people have moved this majestic work forward from the very beginning, and still do so today.” (footnote: Holland, Jeffrey R., “This Do in Remembrance of Me,” General Conference, Oct. 1995.)  From His youth, Jesus was already purposeful – “I must be about my Father’s business” (Luke 2:49) – and this focus remained a constant throughout His entire life.

The first two verses of the hymn “Teach Me to Walk in the Light” >link word: (Children’s Songbook), capture the importance of nurturing children by instruction as well as by example: “(Child) Teach me to walk in the light of his love; Teach me to pray to my Father above; Teach me to know of the things that are right; Teach me, teach me to walk in the light.  (Parent) Come, little child, and together we’ll learn Of his commandments, that we may return Home to his presence, to live in his sight – Always, always to walk in the light.”

Additional reading: “Trying to be Like Jesus