Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Jesse Tree: Day 26, Mary's Joyful Heart

Scripture: Luke 1:26-38 

Symbol: Heart

Reading: God had a special job for someone. God was looking for an earthly home for baby Jesus. Jesus was going to need a mother who loved and trusted God. He would need a mother who was smart and strong and loving. God chose Mary to be Jesus' mother.
God sent an angel to talk to Mary. Mary wasn't sure that she could be a good mother to Jesus, but the angel reminded Mary that God would be with her. Mary knew that being a mother is a difficult and important job, but she knew that God would guide her. She also knew that she loved God and wanted to do whatever she could to serve him. Mary said yes with a joyful heart.

Talk about: Talk about some things that have happened to you or others that seem impossible. 

Prayer: Thank you, God, that nothing is impossible with you.

Activity: Go with mom into the kitchen and help make a special holiday snack. Talk about what it is like to have a mom and what kinds of things moms do for their kids. What things would Mary have done for Jesus?

*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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