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Jesse Tree Devotional | December Advent Day Five

December 5, 2016

Today has been an emotional one for our family, we learned this morning that one of my uncles had passed away. My grandparents are of course in shock and filled with sadness over the unexpected news. I have spent the morning with them and just now taken the time to come home and sit down to post this.

Funny how the world just keeps going even in the midst of shock and grief, cars pass going places, yet our world seems so different. My Uncle Joe was always a clown, he taught me to tie my shoe laces and made the best mashed potatoes… oh huge over loaded sandwiches with notes not to eat them. We lived with him just about the same length of time as my mom, I have some great childhood memories with Uncle Joe. My grandma’s brokenness this morning was almost more than I could handle. Such love she has for each one of her children, and when you love that deeply the grief is so large. 

Today’s advent is a direct copy from last year, I have been going over them and editing here or there. But today you get the raw unedited version! So if it doesn’t seem to quite fit, that may be why.

It finally snowed last night, if anything the world outside looks pretty covered in white crisp snow! Happy Holidays.


Jesse Tree Advent Day Five (Stars Symbol)

Genesis 12:1-5 “The Lord said to Abram: Go out from your land, your relatives, and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make you into a great nation, I will bless you, I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, I will curse those who treat you with contempt, and all the peoples on earth will be blessed through you. So Abram went as the Lord had told him, and Lot went with him. Abram was 75 years old when he left Haran. He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated, and the people he had acquired in Haran, and they set out for the land of Canaan.”

God called Abraham up out of one land and into another, because He wanted Abraham to be the father of a great nation. A nation God planned to use as a blessing for all the people on earth. He told Abraham that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars in the sky.

How many stars do you think there are in the sky?

Science tell us there are even more stars than we can see with our eyes alone. Wow! God sure had big plans for Abraham!

Abraham and his wife Sarah were old, they were actually very very old – well past the age that most people are when they have children. But God assured them He would bless them with a son to carry the line of people He promised. Sarah did indeed give birth to a son, and they named him Isaac.

God had a plan for Abraham and for Sarah, just like He had for Noah and his family yesterday. He showed us in this story that someone is never too old or too far past their prime to be used by Him. Abraham’s faith in God, and his trust that God would do what He said He would, is something to be in awe of. God was very pleased with Abraham’s obedience to the calling on his life.

Let’s pray together and ask God for willing hearts to follow Him and His commands like Abraham did, and then we can take turns thanking Him for all the things we are thankful for.


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