Choosing His Peace…
“Doing the Jesse Tree”
We had quite the time this past Sunday morning just trying to “do the Jesse Tree”.
The ornaments were ready. (See http://www.eriercd.org/jessetree.htm for the ornaments we printed out.) The girls had pasted the pictures and added glitter for shine. The ribbons were tied. Dad had put our branch tree up. It was sitting, waiting… empty of symbols of the promise of His coming.
I went right to the pile where the books were supposed to be. Oh no! They had disappeared. My search was almost frantic. Eventually, reason came to me and I turned to the computer to pull up a document sent by a friend in a recent letter. I quickly found it and hit print. The paper jammed! The worst jam ever! Quickly I jotted down references for reading or to summarize. Finally! Around the table we listened and hear how He planned for the Advent of Jesus from the beginning. My heart refused to be quieted. I wanted perfection. He wanted adoration and worship. Ears to listen, hearts to hear. I was facing a choice in my agitated heart and knew I was losing this tussle but still had a choice to keep on being frazzled and be in an increasingly more difficult battle over the next minutes or hours. Or I could choose Him and His offering of peace.
Afterwards, I read some more selections and stories told to illustrate some part of the celebration of Advent. Remembrance and anticipation of His coming as a baby who grew into the man who died for our sins should bring any of us to our knees and certainly to that position in our hearts and minds of awe and amazement of this gift of peace. He is the maker of peace for us and broke the barriers and walls down to God Adonai.
The first snow is falling.
Happy sounds are coming from the kitchen.