Solomon was David’s son who succeeded him as King of Israel. He was known as the wisest of men and was sought by the rulers of other nations to give them guidance. God told Solomon that he could ask for anything as a reward for his goodness. Instead of asking for wealth or power, Solomon [more…]
Many of us are familiar with Ancestry.com, the website that enables us to research our personal history or geneology. The custom of the Jesse Tree is a way of remembering the spiritual lineage of Jesus through stories of the Old Testament which recount Salvation History. As we look at each of these stories throughout Advent, we trace the prototypes of the Messiah – the figures in the Hebrew Scriptures who gave hints of what the promised Savior would be like. Cut out the Jesse Tree symbols and color them if you wish. Each is numbered so that you can hang them in order. Punch a hole in each symbol and use an ornament hook, string or ribbon to attach the ornament to an artificial tree or a dead bare tree branch secured in a pot of dirt. Read the Chapters from Scripture which tell the story behind the ornament if you have time, or read the short description on this paper with the prayer related to it as you hang your ornaments each day of Advent. This practice may be done in the morning to begin your day, or in the evening as a time of reflection, perhaps with your family before supper or when you light the Advent wreath.