Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Jesse Tree: Day 19, God's Plan for Peace

* this is for December 15th but didn't get posted as I had planned.

Scripture: Isaiah 11:6-9, Matthew 5:9 

Symbol: Lamb and Wolf

Reading: Animals are one of God's great gifts to us. God made each animal unique. Many of them are gentle, but many others can hurt us or other animals. Most animals only hurt others when they are hungry or frightened.
Before Eve and Adam sinned, all of the animals got along with each other. There was no danger. God created a peaceful kingdom, but sin changed things. Someday God will restore peace to the world. There will be no hunger or fear, and all of the animals will get along again. They will not hurt each other, and we will not hurt them.
In a peaceful world, all of God's children will get along too. There will be no more war and no more pain. What a wonderful world that will be!

Talk about: How can you be a peacemaker? 

Prayer: Loving God, help us find ways to have peace in our world. 

Activity: Visit an animal or animals today. Maybe it will just be sitting with the family dog, or maybe going to a zoo or safari. Talk about how God made the animals and how someday God will restore peace to the world.

*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

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