I’ve been living in a seemingly perpetual-Advent the past few weeks because I’ve been working on The Pray More Advent Retreat (more on that in another post). And you know what? I love it. I love Advent.
Our whole lives are a bit of an Advent, aren’t they? We’re waiting for Jesus’s second coming, and we don’t know when or where it will happen, but we live in this state of waiting. And while we’re waiting on God, He’s waiting on us too.
He’s waiting on us to give Him the time of day.
He’s waiting on us to make Him a priority.
He’s waiting on us to build a deeper relationship.
There are a handful of different ways we can do those things this Advent, and I’m excited to share one with you today because it’s sort of a new thing for me: The Jesse Tree.
“The Jesse tree helps us connect the custom of decorating Christmas trees to the events leading to Jesus’ birth. The Jesse tree is named from Isaiah 11:1: “A shoot shall come out of the stock of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots.” Jesse was the father of King David. We adorn a Jesse tree with illustrated ornaments that represent the people, prophesies, and events leading up to the birth of Jesus. The ornaments of the Jesse tree tell the story of God in the Old Testament, connecting the Advent season with the faithfulness of God across four thousand years of history.” (Loyola Press)
My friend, Sara, over at To Jesus Sincerely created a beautiful set of mosaic ornaments for your Jesse Tree. She’s a talented artist, and the story of how she created the ornaments over a series of years, is a beautiful one. You can read it here. I always like to know the story behind a work of art, and these ornaments are just that… here’s a look at the set I got:
Sara sells the ornaments through her Etsy store, and each set includes 25 cardstock ornaments and a small booklet with scriptures, reflections, and prayers for each day. She offers the Jesse Tree set in two formats: one for the craft-enthusiast (with some assembly required), and the other ready to hang (I got this one).
Preparing for Jesus’ birth doesn’t have to be too complicated or too much work. These Jesse Tree ornaments, and the booklet it comes with, really makes makes it easy and do-able to prepare for Jesus’ birth at Christmas, little by little. And it’s beautiful!
If you’re interested in buying a set from Sara, here’s a coupon code for 15% off: CWCL2017.
You can use this coupon through November 20th.
Now, I’d love to hear: have you made the Jesse Tree a part of your family Advent traditions? What else do you do during Advent as a family?