Saturday, December 5, 2015

Jesse Tree: Day 9, Joseph Forgives

Scripture: Genesis 37:23-28; 41:39-40, 50:18-21, Matthew 27:1-4

Symbol: Coat 

Reading: Sometimes even love cannot protect us from bad things. Joseph was loved very much by his father, Israel (Jacob), but Joseph's brothers hated him. And so they sold him to a man who made him a servant and even put him in prison.
But God had given Joseph a special gift of understanding dreams, and Joseph was able to use his special gift to help others. He was rewarded for his help by being given a very important job. While he was doing this job, he again met his brothers, who did not recognize him. Even though Joseph could have been mean to his brothers, he chose to help them. He knew that even though he had gone through some terrible times, God had been with him through everything, and God still expected him to do good things.

Talk about: Who can you be kind to today? 

Prayer: God of forgiveness, help us to be kind even to people who make us angry.


Activity: Ask “who can....?” (ideas: curl their tongue, hop on one foot, touch their belly button, pat their head and rub their belly) and “what's your favorite ...?” (ideas: color, food, place, book, fun activity) Find similarities between family members. Jesus and Joseph were a lot a like. They both were betrayed by someone close to them. They were used by God to save His people. Joseph saved his family from a terrible famine through much pain and suffering personally. Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross saved us from sin, but it came at a great cost.



*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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