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A new little tree will grow from its stump. From its roots a Branch will grow and produce fruit. At that time the man who is called the Root from Jesse's family line will be like a banner that brings nations together.
-Isaiah 11:10

Most of us know advent is a Christmas word, but have you ever wondered what it means? An advent is "the arrival of a notable person.” As we use our advent calendar, we are following the arrival of the MOST notable person: Jesus.
For Jesus to come to earth as a man, he arrived through an earthly birth, just as we all do. Jesus was born into a family that descended from the line of Jesse. Today’s verse in Isaiah is a promise from God in the Old Testament that he would send a Savior through Jesse's family line. God’s grand plan required Jesus to arrive through a regular family, an ordinary family like yours and mine.
The analogy of the branch is a beautiful one. Just as a new branch buds and eventually grows into a healthy tree, we also can grow and be made whole through Jesus!

What is the significance of Jesus being born into a regular family like ours?
Have you ever gotten bored with the story of Jesus' birth?
What can you do to develop a sense of awe this Advent season?
Thank you, God, for your promise and plan to send your son Jesus to save us. Open our hearts to know more of you through the story of the birth of Jesus.

Advent tree & ornaments: Prepare your current tree or an additional tree. Involve your kiddos as much as possible. If you don’t already have Advent ornaments, you can take this time to craft or find an ornament that corresponds with today’s content - The Root of Jesse. Then, hang your first ornament on the tree.

Family memories: Look through keepsakes and pictures. Share stories of your parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents.