Luke 2:43-45 NIV
After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it.  Thinking he was in their company, they travelled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends.  When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him.
That sickening feeling when you realise you’ve misplaced something important to you, all the more stomach lurching when it is a child. Mary and Joseph are naturally frantic with worry when they realise that Jesus is missing and set to finding him at once, retracing their steps. There will be ties for all of us when we ‘misplace’ Jesus, when we fail to give him the time and priority that he deserves. The telling thing is how we respond when we realise that we’ve lost sight of him; do we shrug our shoulders and continue on our way, or do we urgently set to finding him?
Jesus, forgive us our complacency and the times when we don’t give you the time nor priority you deserve. Help us to find you and keep you in sight today.