Jesse Tree

26 Nov

 

This year, through advent, we have decided to do a Jesse Tree with the children.  Have any of you done one before? The idea of the Jesse Tree comes from Isaiah 11:1-9, where God promises a discouraged nation that the glory they remember from David’s time will come again. They will have another king from Jesse’s family, in whose reign the whole earth will know God. We have seen that prophecy fulfilled through Jesus. 

The Jesse tree has a symbol for each day, and focuses on the lineage of Christ as well as God’s prophecies, promises and miracles.  For example day one is a dove and we reflect on God making creation and the peace intended.  I am planning on sharing each days devotion on my blog, and shall begin on November 28th through to December 25th, so please read along if you want.

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8 Responses to “Jesse Tree”

  1. cindy November 26, 2007 at 14:44 #

    sounds great. I haven’t heard of that before. I look forward to your posts 🙂

  2. Paul Walker November 26, 2007 at 21:43 #

    We did one in Church a few years back, I think we had a book that laid it all out week-by-week for the children of the Church to come and hang all the symbols.

    Another thing we did, along vaguely similar lines, was ‘Hanging of the Greens’. That was good as well.

    There is always the problem of overdoing these things in church – this year we are keeping things pretty simple 🙂

  3. sonja November 27, 2007 at 01:51 #

    Years ago, when my children were quite small, another family in our old church made Jesse trees and sold them just to cover their expenses. They were quilted and the “ornaments” were made of felt and well made. They were really wonderful. Every year I used to take it out and tell the story with my kids day by day.

    They think they’re too old for it now and we lost most of our ornaments a couple years ago. But we really loved doing it when they were younger.

  4. chill24 November 27, 2007 at 04:23 #

    i had never heard of this. what a wonderful idea…i look forward to following yours and maybe finding one for our family to do.
    God bless your holidays!

  5. lynhallewell November 27, 2007 at 22:34 #

    thanks

  6. lynhallewell November 27, 2007 at 22:34 #

    Hanging the greens?

  7. lynhallewell November 27, 2007 at 22:35 #

    Sounds good – ours is just made of paper ornaments and twig branches!

  8. lynhallewell November 27, 2007 at 22:36 #

    Thanks Calana

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