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The Value of Listening – Advent Calendar/Jesse Tree Reflection for Dec. 18

First, I must give a shout out to my oldest “baby”, Dude, whose ninth birthday is today!  Happy birthday, buddy! It’s always amazing to me how the lessons we teach our children are so often lessons we need to learn ourselves.  Listening is not my strong suit, and I am looking forward to accepting my own…

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…

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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