Good day friends! I pray your week and weekend went well!
Have you started decorating your home? I love decorating my home. For me, one of the most important decorations is my Christmas tree. Let’s fill up our coffees and ponder one specific tree…
Readings for Dec 8: Second Sunday in Advent
Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72:1-7; Romans 15:4-13; Matthew 3:1-12
A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The spirit of the Lord will rest on him. Isaiah 11:1-2a
Have you put your tree up yet? I have. I love putting up my Christmas tree. Although it is usually a task I do all alone, I love my time in solitude preparing the tree. I get my tree-in-a-box out, my lights untangled, my decorations organized, my Handel’s Messiah playing, and away I go. Resurrecting the tree with all its colourful decorations and glowing lights is quite a site to take in, and with its tall stature and strategic placement in my livingroom, it is hard to miss by those who pass by my home. Its beauty is something I not only wish to personally take time to enjoy, but I want to share it with everyone.
In this coming Sunday’s readings, we learn from Isaiah that a branch will spring from a stump of a tree. It is a branch that shoots up from the family tree of Jesse, King David’s father; from the line of David. This branch is Jesus, our Saviour, and Isaiah tells us about him about 700 years before he is actually born; 700 years before the first Christmas. Jesus’ birth is no accident. His birth was foretold, his actions were described and his purpose of redeeming humankind was to unfold starting with that first Christmas morning. God had it all planned out from the moment Adam and Eve committed the very first sin.
As we ponder each strategically place decoration that hangs from each branch on our trees, may we think of the branch of Jesse, our Saviour, who intentionally left his heavenly home to be born into this world to redeem us – you and me. May the glorious beauty of knowing his salvation fill you with radiant joy as you continue with your Christmas preparations during this Advent season. And for always, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13)
Prayer: Dear Lord, during these busy days, help me to remember that your birth was planned with purpose and patience for me and my salvation. Fill me with your patience and the joy and peace that such wonderful news brings. With the same intention and joy that I desire to share the beauty of my Christmas tree, help me to share your beautiful plan of salvation with all people. In Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN!