Prepare Your Heart to Celebrate Christ’s Birth

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There are several places in the Bible that call us to reflect on God’s faithfulness to his people throughout history (for example, Psalm 136). I am offering daily meditations this Advent based on the Jesse tree. As we remember how God showed his love for us from the moment of creation, I invite you to reflect on how God has been moving in your life.

What is a Jesse tree?

Isaiah wrote:

But a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse,

And from his roots a bud shall blossom.

The spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him:

A spirit of wisdom and of understanding,

A spirit of counsel and of strength,

A spirit of knowledge and of fear of the Lord.

Isaiah 11:1-2

A tradition that began in the Middle Ages, the Jesse tree reminds us that Jesus is the shoot that sprouted from the stump of Jesse, King David’s father.

How can I use these reflections?

I invite you to read the Bible verse and reflection question in the morning, so you can think about it throughout the day. Later in the day, maybe over your lunch hour or just before bed, you can read the full Bible passage and meditation. If you enjoy journaling, take time to write down your thoughts or compose a letter to God. If you express yourself through art, you can make your own Jesse tree ornament based on the Bible passage. To share this experience with your family, read the Bible story from a children’s Bible and have the kids color their own Jesse tree ornaments.

Click here to join me on this Advent journey!

As we frantically decorate our homes, purchase and wrap presents, cook and bake, it can be hard to find time and space to reflect and prepare our hearts for the celebration of Jesus’ birth. I hope these reflections help you to take a moment each day to remember what the season of Advent is all about.

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