Thursday, December 2, 2010

Our Jesse Tree

jessetree2We’ve done a Jesse Tree in the past, but after reading Ann Voskamp’s beautifully written Jesse Tree devotional, I knew we needed to do it again this year.

The Jesse Tree represents the family tree of Jesus. It tells the story of God's salvation plan, starting in Genesis and continuing through the Old Testament to the birth of Jesus.

We started out by reading three days worth of devotionals (we started late and I’m going to try my hardest to keep up).  After talking about what we read, I handed my 3 kids a roll of banner paper and the printed ornaments. It was up to them to create our Jesse tree.

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I was so impressed at how well they worked together (My son didn’t want his picture taken but he did help out.) They decided to draw a horizontal branch.  Then behind the branch they drew the four seasons. The bottom paper on the left is the “stump” from which the shoot grows.  We have a clear plastic pocket holding the symbols for the rest of the month on the stump.

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My prayer is that during this Christmas season my family cherishes the moments we spend together reading the Word.  May these not  be words that go in one ear and out the other, but rather manna sustaining us-- penetrating our spirits and testifying that the one who was in the manger is the true King of Kings and is coming again.

A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;
   from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. ~ Is. 11:1
~~Maureen
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3 Comments:

OpenID doithalfway said...

What a beautiful Jesse tree! Your kids are super creative. We're also going through Ann Voskamp's Jesse Tree devotional. My kids are a little younger (5, 3, and 2).
I hope that you and your family enjoy this advent season as we celebrate the coming of the King!

December 2, 2010 at 7:22 AM  
Blogger KJ said...

Her devotional made me want to do the Jesse tree, but it just plum stressed me out trying to do it all last minute--so I'm planning to do it next year for sure. I love that you got your kids to do the Jesse Tree...a great way to take ownership in the project, and they did a great job too!

December 2, 2010 at 7:35 AM  
Blogger Andria said...

We are using Ann's devotional too. Loved your idea for the long banner and did a similar one. I linked to you in my post!

December 4, 2010 at 8:08 AM  

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