Tuesday, December 1, 2015

picturing advent, day one

my favorite stump in town in front of which I have taken many family pictures- isn't it pretty?  

my stump selfie
It's a gloomy day and I don't feel great and I'm losing the battle against the dirt and chaos that children bring into a home not to mention the long list of work things to do, but it is the first day of December and with that comes our family's first reading of Advent.  And who knew hope would come in the form of an old stump?

"Out of the stump of David's family will grow a shoot- yes, a new Branch bearing fruit from the old root.  And the Spirit of the Lord will rest on him- the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord... In that day the heir to David's throne will be a banner of salvation to all the world.  The nations will rally to him, and the land where he lives will be a glorious place."  Isaiah 11:1-2, 10 

Gloom to glory.  Broken to Branch, same old root.  Hope.  That day will come.

"Out of the stump came one tender branch that would grow right into a crown of thorns, right into a rugged cross, right into a ladder- your ladder back to God.  Out of the stump of Jesse's family tree- out of the stump of every family tree- comes the shoot of Jesus' forever-love... A stump is always just a place for love to grow, this small unfurling of miracles."  Ann Voskamp

Here's hope for your broken down places today- that love would grow miraculous and strong, Jesus doing what He does best: bringing life to dead places.  

Amen.  

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