The Advent Tree

I’ve spent countless Christmases in the choir loft of St. Patrick’s Church and later in my life in the sanctuary at Trinity Assembly of God, some years joining the choir, others as a co-worshiper in the pew.  Those are wonderful memories, times of celebration I treasure, but the yearning to know more, to worship deeper started at home around candles and the advent wreath, reading and waiting for the Christ child.  The wondering began when the family followed the story, night after night, tracing the steps of the virgin girl called by God to be the one, highly favored one who gave birth to the God-infant, the Savior.
This year, I decided to follow the prophets, to show my children the Words that spoke of the Word made flesh who would set aside His Glory and come to earth wrapped in mortal flesh.
Each morning, we read a few scriptures foretelling of His birth or His character and write the references on the back of homemade paper ornaments and hang them on the Advent Tree.
Jewish biblical scholar Alfred Edersheim (1825-1889), a convert to Christianity, wrote a classic work affirming there are 456 passages in the Old Testament that refer to the Messiah.”- Lee Strobel via blog

If you have never studied the prophecies or the Bible for that matter concerning the Messiah and don’t know where to start.  Maybe you don’t believe.  Maybe you doubt. Maybe the Christmas story has been just that to you, a story about good will towards men and peace on earth. I promise you, there is more.  Take comfort, there is a Savior and He came to earth for you.
  The prophecies are a great place to start, but some good reads with some food for thought are:

” In fact, in The Case for the Real Jesus, Brown establishes that either the Old Testament points toward Jesus as the Messiah or there will never be one – in other words, Jesus fits the “fingerprint” of the prophecies in a manner that nobody else ever did or will be able to do in the future, given the necessary time frame for the appearance of the Messiah.”- Lee Strobel

I used a simple ornament template, scrapbook paper, a hole puncher and some twine.  

If you would like to join me- here are a few to get you started:

Genesis 3:14,15
Isaiah 9:6
Isaiah 61: 1,2
John 1:14
Revelation 12:13,14
John 1:1-5
Micah 5:2
Isaiah 40

Take comfort.  
And behold, an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the glory of the Lord flashed and shone all about them, and they were terribly frightened.
But the angel said to them, Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people.
For to you is born this day in the town of David a Savior, Who is Christ (the Messiah) the Lord!”
 -Luke 2: 9-11
Photos by Ania Guire

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