The Bible tells us what we need to know about living life to the full, now and forever. Even so, my experience across twenty-five years of ordained ministry with a wide variety of people confirms there is much unsaid in scripture that leaves us wanting more. Our curiosity craves details!
What were the logistics on Noah’s ark for meals, ventilation, and sanitation? Did the disciples joke around with Jesus? What did Jesus write in the sand when the crowd was ready to stone a woman to death? What was Jesus like as a boy growing up? Did he do miracles to impress his friends?
Regarding Jesus’ childhood, we do not know much. The Gospel writers have other important things to tell us. We wish for more.
For instance, it is fascinating that Joseph never speaks in the Bible. Surely the earthly father of Christ had something worthwhile to say!
I am grateful to my good friend and faithful church leader, R.E. Tolbert for writing this book in which he prayerfully exercises his imagination to give us a glimpse of what it could have been like to raise the Son of God. Join him on the journey for the elusive details. Along the way, do not be surprised if you discover more about yourself, your family, and your relationship to Jesus himself.
To God be the glory,
The Rev. Kyle Thompson
Charlotte, North Carolina
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