This year we are taking time each day in December to do a family Jesse Tree.
What is a Jesse Tree?
If you are like me you may not have heard of a Jesse tree before. Sure I’ve heard of an advent calendar and in my searching to find an advent printable suitable for our church family I stumbled across this!
The Jesse tree is a sort of advent tradition, based on the scripture in Isaiah 11:1 “Out of a stump of David’s family will grow a shoot.” It starts with “In the beginning” – the story of how Jesus is connected from creation to cradle. It points to scripture every day of the month, to take your family on a journey of centering your hearts and homes on the meaning of the season. This is the family tree of Jesus – with stories tracing back to His great-great-great grandfather, all the way back to the beginning! I love what Ann Voskamp writes “And when you’re tracing that family tree of Jesus, guess what you find? People who were big cheaters, bad liars, weaselly sneakers, battling brothers, fighting families and all the beaten up and brokenhearted.” Some families feel like stumps instead of family trees, but God makes the impossible possible and out of that stump came new hope, new life and new freedom for everyone- Jesus! No one was expecting that!
As you use this devotional and hang your ornaments as a family I encourage you to read, discuss and pray together. Carve out time to put each new ornament up each day.
I pray your family will be strengthened and blessed as you spend time looking into the bible for the greatest gift ever given to us – Jesus!
Prayers and Christmas Blessings to you and your family,