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ADVENT DEVOTIONAL DECEMBER 14: THE JESSE TREE

I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever; with my mouth, I will make your faithfulness known through all generations. I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself. You said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one, I have sworn to David my servant, ‘I will establish your line forever and make your throne firm through all generations.’”

Psalm 89:1-4

Growing up, the big excitement during Advent was the Jesse tree. It was a branch from the tree at our house, but my mom used it as a learning tool for my brother and me. Every now and then, a new construction paper ornament would be hung on a branch. The tree told the genealogy of Jesus.

My brother and I could not wait until Christmas morning! I wanted tools, and he wanted model airplanes. Sometimes things never change; he’s a pilot, and I‘m a machinist. Not only did the Jesse tree teach us about Jesus’ history, it also taught delayed gratification. 

I do miss the Jesse tree. It teaches us about God’s fulfillment of prophecy by sending His Son. I really think our church gets it right. We use visual reminders, as well as worshiping God through music and doing His will.

Thank you, Lord, for sending Jesus. You truly have blessed us with gifts and abilities beyond measure. I pray that those who do not know You will. I pray for our families, church, and nation. Let Your will be done.

Glen Dickey has been a member at South Main since 2017. He is a native Houstonian and a machinist at LyondellBasell. Glen originally came to South Main for the music, but stayed here for the great people and excellent teaching.


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