Jesse Tree Day One: The Tree

At Mom’s request, I’m planning to post daily updates of our Advent family devotions. Growing up, every December evening we had a family devotion around the Jesse Tree theme. Lots of people have posted about this, so evidently my parents didn’t make this up, but it is one of my favorite Christmas memories. The main idea is to show God’s redemptive plan through all of Scripture leading up to Christ’s birth. The “Jesse Tree” derives from the idea of Jesus’ lineage through David.

Here is our Jesse tree. It’s just a fake small Christmas tree, and yes, it is the one we had in college in case any of my old roommates are reading this. Somewhere along the line, I lost the base to it, so I constructed a base out of a decorative wooden box with some dumbells inside to weight it down, and lots of masking tape.

We have been trying to do family worship in fits and starts over the past few years, and I am hoping that having the Jesse Tree idea will help it become a regular habit. We may play around with format as we see what Hannah can handle.

Our Scriptures tonight were 1 Samuel 16:1-13 and Isaiah 11:1.

There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots will bear fruit. (Isaiah 11:1, ESV)

Our application is that Jesus is the promised King in David’s line, the Messiah. (With older kids you could go into a much more in depth study of this.) To represent Jesus’ family tree, we put on an ornament of a tree made out of felt (lots of our ornaments are the ones Mom originally made out of felt, I may look for something more concrete to replace them eventually).

Hannah enjoyed getting to hold the ornament, and Daddy helped her to place it on the tree.

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