First Sunday of Advent
The days are coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and Judah. (Jeremiah 33:14)
Lord God, as children our anticipation of celebration can become all consuming. Christmas lists' fulfillment and birthday dreams come true spark our desire. Today, as the season of Advent begins, we look to the shoot that sprouts from the stump of Jesse.
Our grade school teachers had us decorate a Jesse Tree in the classroom with drawn images from the Hebrew Scriptures that Jesus fulfilled in His Incarnation, Death and Resurrection. It was one way to stem the tide of our imaginations from dreams of presents to expectation of His presence. With the Psalmist, help me pray, "Show us, Lord, your love; and grant us your salvation" (85:8).