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Called to be Prophets – Advent Calendar/Jesse Tree Reflection for Dec. 17

Dec. 17 (Person – Jeremiah, Symbol – Tears) “Say not, ‘I am too young.  To whomever I send you, you shall go; whatever I command you, you shall speak… See, I place my words in your mouth!” Jer 1:7, 9 Read Jer 1:4-10, 4:5-12, 7:1-15, 33:6-9, 14-16 Jeremiah was a prophet, like Isaiah – a…

The Names of Jesus – Advent Calendar/Jesse Tree Reflection for Dec. 16

December 16 (Person – Isaiah, Symbol – Fire Tongs with Hot Coal) “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light… for a child is born unto us, a son is given us… They name him Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero, Father-Forever, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:1, 5) Read Isaiah 1:10-20, 6:1-13, 8:1 – 9:6 Reflection:…

Personal Responsibility – Advent Calendar/Jesse Tree Reflection for Dec. 15

This topic couldn’t come at a better time for our family!  I could have written about worshipping false gods, but the opportunity was just too good to discuss this topic in a Biblical setting, and not in the heat of some sibling argument.  I hope it is helpful for your family as well. December 15…

Knowing Christ – Advent Calendar/Jesse Tree Reflection for Dec. 14

What a morning!  The kids have been tired and cranky, I’ve been tired and cranky, and I feel like I’m walking through waste deep water – everything seems much harder than it should be.  Prayers that we all can make it through this day loving each other as Christ loves us! Here’s today’s reflection: December 14…

Who’s Your King? – Advent Calendar/Jesse Tree Reflection for Dec. 13

December 13 (Person – Samuel, Symbol – Crown) “It is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king.” 1 Sam 8:7 Read 1 Sam 3:1-21, 7:1 – 8:22, 9:15 – 10:9 Reflection:  The Israelites rejected God as their King, and instead wanted an earthly king.  How do you think this…

Pondering Advent – A Guest Post

In my post, The Big Advent Giveaway, I asked readers to share their ideas for creating a beautiful Advent season.  My dear friend Karin wrote such a lovely and thoughtful response that it seemed a crime to leave it obscured in the comments section (think Patrick Swayze – “nobody puts Karin’s comment in a corner.”) …

Trust and Obedience: Advent Calendar/Jesse Tree Reflection for Dec. 12

December 12 (Person – Joshua, Symbol – Ram’s Horn Trumpet) “Keep this book of the law on your lips. Recite it by day and by night, that you may observe carefully all that is written in it; then you will successfully attain your goal.” Josh 1:8 Read Josh 1:1-11, 6:1-20 Reflection:  If you were a…

The Greatest Commandment – Advent Calendar/Jesse Tree Reflection for Dec. 11

December 11 (Person – God, Symbol – Tablets of the Torah) “[For I, the Lord, am your God,] bestowing mercy down to the thousandth generation, on the children of those who love me and keep my commandments.” Exod 20:6 Read Exod 19:1 – 20:20 (you may choose to skip 19:15 when reading with children!) In…

The Passover and the Crucifixion – Advent Calendar/Jesse Tree Reflection for Dec. 10

December 10 (Person – Israelites, Symbol – Lamb) “With a strong hand the LORD brought us out of Egypt, that place of slavery.” Exod. 13:14 Read Exod 12:1 – 14:31 Reflection: God’s actions may seem very extreme in this story.  Remember, though, that Pharaoh was subjecting the Israelites to terrible slavery, and demanding an impossible…

Advent Calendar/Jesse Tree Reflection for Dec. 8

Besides the vigil Mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, I think the few minutes I spent with the kids in silent prayer yesterday might have been the best part of my day.  I want to encourage the children to “Be still and know that [He is] God,” but I tend to get caught…

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