during advent (arrival that has been awaited -especially of something momentous) season we anticipate with a symbol called the jesse tree. in isaiah 11 God promises "there shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots..." this branch is the Messiah. Jesus. the one we have longed for, for so long. each day in december (until the big day) we hang a representation of that waiting starting with the very first contact God had with us-creation. and each day has another story of his love for his people, their rebellion and separation from him, and always, always, his plan for a way back. a return to Eden. a sacrifice that will stand in our place. a relief from this place of pain, and dying, goodbyes, and heartache.
that is something worth waiting for. as our tree fills, our hearts fill with anticipation for his coming. we celebrate the coming in bethlehem and await his return to take us home.
may you delight in him this year.