“Out of the stump of David’s family will grow a shoot.”
Advent Greetings from Stamping Peace! I never post on Sunday, but I didn’t want us to miss the first day of Advent together. It has been snowing all day and it’s not amounting to much, but what a beautiful gift for the first day of Advent! Our family is reading “The Greatest Gift” by Ann Voskamp for Advent, which tells the story of the Jesse tree, the Jesus geneology. In the book there is a code to download 25 paper ornaments, one for each day of Advent and for use on a “Jesse Tree.” We mounted our Day One ornament on crumb cake paper that we embossed with the Woodgrain embossing folder. It is on a base of Whisper White, and will hang with Pool Party Ribbon.
“The mattering part is never the chopped-off stump. It isn’t what dream has been cut down, what hope has been cut off, what part of the heart has been cut out. The tender mattering part is – you [we] have a Tree. Out of the last and forgotten son of Jesse comes forth one tender branch that will grow into a crown of thorns…a rugged cross…your [our] ladder back to God. Jesus will go to impossible lengths to rescue you [us]. Out of the stump of that fallen tree, watered with the living waters that flow from the depths of His grace, a twig sprouts. That twig will be the scepter that defeats your [our] sin…and lets you [us] grow again.” – from The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp (parenthesis are mine)
Questions at the end of Chapter One:
1. In what ways do you feel like a lifeless stump, longing for a tender shoot of hope?
2. What are you waiting for, yearning for this season?
3. Where can you see new life coming in what you may have considered dead?
Hop on over to www.aholyexperience.com for an Advent devotional video today and the next three Sundays, if so inclined!
Wishing you Advent grace,
“…He begs us to spend the attention of Advent on the little, the least, the lonely, the lost.”
-from The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp