I was looking for a hymn about this incident from Scripture the other day and could not find one, so I decided to compose one myself:
He comes unto His Father’s House,
God and Man – a Child of twelve –
Speaking with great understanding
Unto the amazèd crowd.
Holy Mary and Saint Joseph
Now at length do here arrive,
Having for their Son been searching
These three days most desperately.
Mary asks her Son, astonished,
With heart wond’ring and perplexed,
“Why didst Thou treat us in this way?
Sorely have our hearts been vexed!”
Kindly looking on His Mother,
Jesus Christ now makes reply,
“Didst thou not know to seek Me here,
Where my Father doth abide?”
Thence He goes with them most humbly
To their home at Nazareth –
God obeying earthly parents,
Thus fulfilling righteousness.
Yet doth Mary treasure these things,
Pond’ring them within her heart.
Let us too think on this myst’ry:
Our God takes the humblest part!
Glory be to God the Father,
And unto His only Son,
And unto the Holy Spirit,
Only God, blest Three in One!
Words: Noah Townsend, Copyright 2013.
Tune: “Sussex” English melody, adapt Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1906.