Symbol: Ark & Rainbow
Reading: When people sin, or do wrong things, God is sad. There came a time when there was so much sin in the world that God had to find a way to remove sin from the world. So he asked Noah to build the ark and to save his own family, as well as the animals, because Noah and his family remembered God. Then God sent rain and the world flooded, and God destroyed all the people and animals that were not on the ark.
When the flood was over and Noah and his family were safely on dry ground, God made a covenant, or a promise, with Noah. God promised not to send another flood that would destroy the world. As a sign of this promise, God put a rainbow in the sky. Even in a sinful world, God still loves us and keeps his promises.
Talk about: Can you name a promise that God has kept?
Prayer: Thank you, Almighty God, for keeping your promises.
Activity: As a family, we build (put together) our Christmas tree. You can do something else together as a family if your tree is already up. Do something that will require following directions. Work together and talk about why it is important to follow directions. Noah had to follow God’s directions exactly.
*The symbol and devotions are from The Reformed Church of America and you can use this link to find what I have used and more at their advent site.
A copy of the directions to make your own Jesse Tree are here and the patterns for the symbols are here.
To find a list of all the linked Jesse Tree posts click here.