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Friday, December 3, 2010

Day 6 Advent Jesse Tree

Today is Day 6 of the Advent Calendar Jesse Tree devotions. The symbol, or ornament, for Day 6 is that of a ladder.

The scriptures are Genesis 27:41-28:22 which tells the account of Jacob's dream where he saw a ladder to heaven with angels climbing up and down.

There is no New Testament reading for today's devotion. But, the ladder in Jacob's dream is significant of the connection we now have, open to everyone who believes, of Jesus connecting us to the Father God. The ladder signifies how Jesus left his Heavenly glorious dwelling and descended to earth to become a man. He then died & rose to forever bridge that gap between man (man's sin) and God. The heart of the story is in the first part of the verse Genesis 28:15 where is says:

Remember, I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go..

Activity: Here are some great lesson activities from New Church Vineyard.org. And, if you like to use snacks in your lesson plans, here's a great Jacob's ladder "pretzel ladders" snack and lesson plan from rotation.org.

Today's ornament for the Jesse Tree is the symbol of a ladder. The easiest way to make this ornament is to purchase a wood fence cutout from the craft store or find a dollhouse picket fence & turn it on it's side to look like a ladder. Paint & decorate it how you like. You can even add angels or a light on top to signify God who was at the top of the ladder. Or, be creative with toothpicks, popsicle sticks or felt.