Jesse Tree Catholic Sprouts

THE JESSE TREE
God’s Loving Plan to Save the Whole World.
Advent Devotional For Families
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1. Jesse: Isaiah 1
2. Creation: Genesis 1-2:3
3. The First Sin: Genesis 2:4-3:24
4. Cain and Abel: Genesis 4:1-16
5. Noah: Genesis 6:5-22, 7:17-8:12, 8:20-9:17
6. Abraham: Genesis 12:1-7, 15:1-6
7. Isaac: Genesis 22:1-19
8. Jacob: Genesis 27:41-28:22
9. Joseph: 37:3-36, 50:15-21
10. The Burning Bush: Exodus 2-4:20
11. The Passover: Exodus 12-14
12. The 10 Commandments: Exodus 19-20
13. The Fall of Jericho: Joshua 1:1-11, 6:1-20
14. Gideon’s Army: Judges 2:6-23, 6-8:28
15. Ruth: 1-2, 4:13-22
16. David and Goliath: 1 Samuel 17:32-51
17. Elijah: 1 Kings 17:1-16, 18:17-46
18. Isaiah: Isaiah 1:10-20, 6:1-13, 8:11-9:7
19. Jeremiah: Jer. 1:4-10, 2:4-13, 71-15, 8:22-9:11
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20. Habakkuk: Habakkuk 1:12-2:1, 3:16-19
21. Daniel: Daniel 6:1-28
22. Esther: Esther 2, 3:8-11, 5:1-8, 7
23. Jonah: The Book of Jonah
24. Nehemiah: Nehemiah 1-2:8, 6:15-16, 13:10-22
25. Zechariah: Luke 1:8-26, 26-38
26. Mary: Luke 1:26-56
27. Joseph: Luke 1:18-25
28. Jesus’ Birth: Luke 2:1-20
29. Jesus, the Word: John 1
Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright © 1989, 1993 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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“It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness. He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you.”
St. John Paul II
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INTRODUCTION TO THE JESSE TREE
Advent is a time of waiting. We spend the four weeks of Advent awaiting the birth of our King
and Savior, Jesus Christ, at Christmas. Waiting is not something new for the faithful. The entire
Old Testament, the period of time before the birth of Christ, is characterized by waiting.
But why did God make the Israelites, His chosen people, wait? Simply, God asked the Israelites (as He asks us too!) to wait because He wanted to restore them and teach them to love. And that took time.

At the beginning of time, God created the world, and it was perfect. Sin had not yet entered the
world, so the first people, who were created in the image and likeness of God, lived in holy
happiness. But, at the words of the serpent, our first parents doubted the goodness of God and
disobeyed Him.
We have inherited this doubt and disobedience from Adam and Eve. Even when they left
the garden, God refused to leave their side.
Slowly, He set about teaching them and their descendants that He is our God, He is good, and
His ways need to be our ways.
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He also promised that He would send a Savior and redeem all that was lost with that first sin.
But, God knew that we weren’t ready for the Savior, not yet. There were many important
lessons to learn–many

His people would learn, and then forget. Again and again, the people God was trying to love and guide would turn away from Him. But, even though His people disobeyed Him, even though they forgot Him and worshipped false gods, even though they failed miserably to be His people and let Him be their God,
He continued to love them. God had made a commitment to these people, one He would
never allow to be broken by their rejection of Him.
Despite everything, God kept His promise. He entered history as man, a baby, sending His
beloved son, Jesus Christ, to live among us and save us. Jesus taught us the final lesson that
would restore what was lost with that first sin.
He taught us that God’s love has no limits and He craves nothing more than to forgive us and
be our loving Father.

The Jesse Tree traces the ancestors of Jesus Christ. Although not everyone included is a
direct relative to Jesus, they are all part of His National Family, meaning they were all used by
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God to teach the Israelites more about the nature of our loving God and prepare them to receive their Savior.

And so, as you wait through this Advent season, wait with the ancestors of Jesus, many of whom died long before the birth of our Savior. Ponder the lessons God attempted to teach His people so that they would be ready to receive the Savior of the world. God, grant that we might be ready to receive Your son at Christmas.
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This book was created with the dual intention of making your Jesse Tree experience easier and
more meaningful. Although there are countless ways to use the Jesse Tree with your family
during Advent, many leave you with a few too many options and can overwhelm you with
long Bible verses and no explanation. So, I have worked to solve all of these problems.

First of all, there are 29 different days in this book. Most years you will NOT use all of the
days provided here. You will only need all 29 days if Christmas falls on a Sunday and Advent
is as long as it can possibly be. Therefore, most years you will skip a few days. For this reason,
starting with Zechariah, I have added the date that you should read about this character, even if
it means skipping a few of the people leading up to Zechariah so that you arrive at Christmas ‘on time.’
For example, for a year when Christmas falls on a Tuesday (like it does in 2018), you will need to
skip a total of five characters. Skip which ever ones you like, or do two characters so days. Your
choice!
Also, this book includes all of the Bible verses you will need to read for each ornament. You,
HOW TO USE THIS BOOK
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of course, can go direclty to the Bible and read a longer version of each story (for these longer
citations, please see the back of the book). However, since many of us use the Jesse Tree
with younger children, I thought it would be best to pick just a few key verses and add an
explanation for each ornament. The explanation, found under the “What This Means” heading, attempts to do three things: explain the story in further detail, connect the story to other stories we have already read, and offer a simple, but powerful lesson we can apply
to our lives today.

Finally, included with the purchase of this book are the printable ornaments. You should
have received them digitally shortly after your purchase. If you did not recieve them, or would
like to download them again, just head to: dosmallthingswithlove.com/jtornaments.


As a family, decide how you want to create the ornaments for your Jesse Tree. You can print,
color and decorate your ornaments all at once and each night simply hang another one on the
tree or you can make the ornament creation a nightly, prayerful part of your Jesse Tree
experience.
There are several options for your physical “Jesse Tree.” My family uses a small Christmas Tree my
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husband used in his single days. You can also hang your ornaments from a wreath, or along
your mantle. Another option is to bring in an evergreen branch from outside and use that as
your “Jesse Tree.”
Another option is to use the mini ornaments and printable tree poster (also found at www.
dosmallthingswithlove.com/jtornaments). This is perfect for the classroom and serves as a
“Advent Countdown” as well.

Regardless, please remember that this is an Advent activity. Consider lighting your Advent
wreath each night as you pray and truly enter into a season of waiting before the celebration of
Christmas begins.

Jesse [Isaiah]

A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. The spirit of the Lord shall 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. His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide by what his ears hear; but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; he
shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked.
Scripture: Isaiah 11:1-4
SCRIPTURE

Stump
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WHAT THIS MEANS
The image of the stump with the branch growing forth reminds us that God keeps His promises, no matter what.
The prophets proclaimed that from the line of Jesse, the father of King David, the Savior would enter the world. However, although David was a good and faithful king, many of his descendants were not.
They turned from God and without the protection of God they were overcome by their enemies and taken from their home as slaves. In fact, they wandered so far from God that the great family tree of Jesse was reduced to a stump.
But our God keeps His promises, even if we fail to keep ours. We were destroyed and disobedient, but not disowned. God remembered His promise and sent His own son into the world as a descendant of Jesse. Jesus is the branch that grew out of the stump of that family tree and redeemed the entire world.
The Jesse Tree will introduce you to many of the members of that family tree. Through all those hundreds upon hundreds of years, God was busy writing a story of love for His beloved people. He was hard at work teaching them to love and preparing them to receive His own Son as their Savior.
OUR PRAYER
Dear Lord, help us to never doubt your faithfulness.
Give us patience and courage as we wait, trusting
fully that you are God, and you love us.
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THE CREATION OF THE WORLD
Monday, Week 1
Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.”So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds
of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.” God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good.
Genesis 1:26-28, 31
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The Earth – Globe
WHAT THIS MEANS
The image of our world reminds us that God created us and all that is around us, out of Fatherly Love.
The light, the wind, the water, the land, the trees, the birds and animals, God created all of these things as a beautiful gift for us. What is even more amazing,
God created us in His very image and likeness. But who is God that we might be like Him?

God is Love, but not a small, fleeting type of love. No, God is the eternal source of Love. He is the Father that will never abandon His disobedient children. He is our Father that was willing to give us everything, including the suffering and death of His own Son.
And so, just as God created the world as a gift for us, we were created to be a gift to others, giving of our time and talent each day. We give ourselves to others in loving service, and to our loving Father in
obedience.
Dear Lord, thank you for the beautiful gift of
creation! You are a good and loving father. Help
us never to run from you, but to obey and love
you, as your faithful children.
OUR PRAYER
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Adam and Eve
Tuesday, Week 1
Now the serpent was more crafty than any other wild animal that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God say, ‘You shall not eat from any tree
in the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden; but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden, nor shall you touch it, or you shall die.’” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will
not die; for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate.
Genesis 3:1-6
SCRIPTURE

Apple
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WHAT THIS MEANS
The image of the apple reminds us of the first sin of disobedience, when Adam and Eve ate from the tree forbidden by God. The apple should also remind us of all the times we have chosen to disobey God.
Why did Adam and Eve eat that apple? They were in a lush garden with many other trees and wonderful things to eat. Why couldn’t they just obey God?
They disobeyed God for the same reason we often disobey God. They didn’t trust that God really cared for them. It took just a few words from the serpent for Eve to believe that God was withholding something from her, that He really didn’t love her and that she knew better than God. So she took matters into her own hands and disobeyed.
Their disobedience led to shame and separation from God. Once they had eaten from the tree they hid from God in the garden. As punishment, they were kicked out of the garden and since that time God has been trying to teach us that He really does love us and that freedom is found in obeying His commands.

Dear Lord, please forgive us for all of the times
that we have doubted your love for us and
disobeyed you. Help us to ignore temptations
and instead trust in your goodness.

Cain and Abel

Cain and Abel
Wednesday, Week 1
In the course of time Cain brought to the Lord an
offering of the fruit of the ground, and Abel for his part
brought of the firstlings of his flock, their fat portions.
And the Lord had regard for Abel and his offering, but
for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain
was very angry, and his countenance fell. Cain said
to his brother Abel, “Let us go out to the field.” And
when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his
brother Abel, and killed him. Then the Lord said to
Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” He said, “I do not
know; am I my brother’s keeper?” And the Lord said,
“What have you done? Listen; your brother’s blood is
crying out to me from the ground! And now you are
cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth
to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. When
you till the ground, it will no longer yield to you its
strength; you will be a fugitive and a wanderer on the
earth.” Genesis 4:3-5, 8-12
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WHAT THIS MEANS

The image of the sickle reminds us that God is not
satisfied with empty acts. He desires the conversion of
our hearts.
Cain and Abel were the sons of Adam and Eve. They
inherited the sin of their parents and toiled as a result of
it, growing crops and raising animals. And yet, God was
with them and they obeyed the practice of offering a
sacrifice to God in thanksgiving. Since Cain worked in
the field, he offered God some of his crop. Abel worked
with the flocks, so he offered God his best animals.
Both were good sacrifices, but then why was God
pleased with Abel and not with Cain?
Because of Cain’s heart.Where Abel approached God
with humble, honest thanksgiving, knowing that all he
was and had came from God, Cain approached God
with pride. And when God rejected his sacrifice, Cain
turned his anger upon his brother, and killed him.
Sin had entered the world and turned brother into
murderer. Abel, just like Jesus Christ, lost his life due
to his righteousness, and still God did not forget His
promise to be a loving Father. He gave Adam and Eve
another son, Seth, and did not strike down Cain. He
punished Cain, but even Cain was not forgotten and
abandoned by our loving God.
Dear Lord, help us to approach you with a pure
and holy heart, not just empty deeds. Search us,
know us, and make our love for you perfect and
free from pride or anger.

Noah

So the Lord said, “I will blot out from the earth the
human beings I have created—people together with
animals and creeping things and birds of the air, for I
am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found favor
in the sight of the Lord.
(…) The fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the
windows of the heavens were opened. The rain fell on
the earth forty days and forty nights. On the very same
day Noah with his sons, Shem and Ham and Japheth,
and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons entered
the ark, they and every wild animal of every kind, and
all domestic animals of every kind, and every creeping
thing that creeps on the earth, and every bird of every
kind—every bird, every winged creature. They went
into the ark with Noah, two and two of all flesh in
which there was the breath of life. He blotted out every
living thing that was on the face of the ground, human
beings and animals and creeping things and birds of the
air; they were blotted out from the earth. Only Noah
was left, and those that were with him in the ark.
Genesis 6:7-8, 7:11-15, 23

The Rainbow

WHAT THIS MEANS
Dear Lord, flood our hearts with your loving
waters. Wash away all wickedness and sin so that
we might faithfully obey and follow you.
OUR PRAYER
The image of the rainbow reminds us that God once
flooded the whole world to wipe out wickedness, but
He took tender care of Noah and his family because
of their faithfulness to Him.
Great deeds and accomplishments matter very little
to God. What matters to God is faithfulness. Can you
imagine how the wicked people of the time treated
Noah and his sons while they built their ark and
loaded it with animals? He must have looked foolish!
And yet, Noah believed, obeyed, and followed
God’s instructions, and when the floods came, God
protected him and his family. God guided the ark
and after Noah and his family were safely on dry
land again, the first thing they did was offer sacrifice
to God in faithful thanksgiving. Then God put a
rainbow across the sky as a promise that He would
never again destroy the earth, at least not by flood.
Centuries later, God would flood the world with
something different–His infinite love. He would
send His beloved Son into the world and offer Him
up as an eternal sacrifice for our sins and wickedness.
This time God would destroy sin not with water, but
with the very blood of His beloved So

Abraham

After these things the word of the Lord came to
Abram in a vision, “Do not be afraid, Abram, I am
your shield; your reward shall be very great.” But
Abram said, “You have given me no offspring, and
so a slave born in my house is to be my heir.” But the
word of the Lord came to him, “This man shall not
be your heir; no one but your very own son shall be
your heir.” He brought him outside and said, “Look
toward heaven and count the stars, if you are able
to count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your
descendants be.” And he believed the Lord; and the
Lord reckoned it to him as righteousness.
Genesis 15:1,3-6

Stars in the Night Sky

WHAT THIS MEANS
The image of the stars in the night sky remind us of
God’s abundant love and the fact that God will keep
His promises.
Abraham and his wife Sarah were old. They had no
children, and at their age there seemed no hope of
ever having any. And yet, God took Abraham out one
night, and told him to look up and count the stars.
That is how many descendants he would have.
It seemed impossible. In fact, Sarah, Abraham’s
wife, laughed when he told her! But impossible
does not exist for God. Shortly after this vision
Sarah conceived and gave birth to a son. Against all
odds, Abraham became the father of a great nation,
one that would refuse to worship the idols of their
neighbors. The descendants of Abraham, who started
with that first son conceived in old age, would be the
chosen people, the Israelites, the very ancestors of the
Messiah, for whom they waited.
Dear Lord, help us to trust you, even when it
seems impossible. Help us to believe in your
faithfulness and follow where you lead.

Isaac

After these things God tested Abraham. He said to him,
“Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” He said, “Take
your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go
to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt
offering on one of the mountains that I shall show you.”
(…) When they came to the place that God had shown
him, Abraham built an altar there and laid the wood
in order. He bound his son Isaac, and laid him on the
altar, on top of the wood. Then Abraham reached out
his hand and took the knife to kill his son. But the
angel of the Lord called to him from heaven, and said,
“Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” He
said, “Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything
to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you
have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.”
And Abraham looked up and saw a ram, caught in a
thicket by its horns. Abraham went and took the ram
and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son.
Genesis 22:1-2, 8-13

Ram

WHAT THIS MEANS
The image of a ram reminds us that God will provide.
The story of Abraham and Isaac can seem gruesome.
God commanded Abraham to sacrifice–kill–his
own son, the son he had prayed and hoped for in his
old age, and Abraham was willing to obey! Abraham
loved his son, but he trusted the Lord even more.
God asked Abraham to sacrifice Isaac as a test, a test
that Abraham passed. Abraham knew that nothing is
impossible for God. God had promised him a large
family, and even if God demanded that Abraham
kill his only son, God would come through on that
promise. How? He didn’t know. He simply trusted.
Abraham knew that God is God, He could even raise
his son from the dead, if that was His will.
The story of Abraham and Isaac helps us to
understand the boundless love of our Lord. Fathers
want to protect their sons, and yet God willingly
offered up His own Son for the redemption of the
world. Where Abraham was spared this final act of
sacrifice, God did not spare Himself. He provided
for us all the perfect and spotless victim, His own
Son, and through that sacrifice our sins have been
forgiven.
Dear Lord, help us to follow your will without
whining or hesitation. Help us to trust that you
will provide and even if the path is rough, you
will be there to guide us

Jacob

And he dreamed that there was a ladder set up on the
earth, the top of it reaching to heaven; and the angels
of God were ascending and descending on it. And the
Lord stood beside him and said, “I am the Lord, the
God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the
land on which you lie I will give to you and to your
offspring; and your offspring shall be like the dust of
the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and
to the east and to the north and to the south; and all
the families of the earth shall be blessed in you and in
your offspring. Know that I am with you and will keep
you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this
land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I
have promised you.” Then Jacob woke from his sleep
and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place—and I did
not know it!”
Genesis 28:12-16

Jacob’s Ladder

WHAT THIS MEANS
The image of the ladder reaching to heaven reminds
us that God and His angels are active on Earth
fulfilling His promises to His faithful.
Jacob was the grandson of Abraham, but he was
not perfect! He could be a little sneaky and liked to
do things his own way, and yet God remembered
His promise to Abraham to be the father of a great
nation.
Jacob would become the father of 12 sons, and from
those 12 sons would come the 12 tribes of the nation
of Israel, God’s chosen people. Talk about a big
family! God’s plan was to create a nation of people
through which He could bless the entire world. Jacob
and his sons were part of that plan.
Jacob’s dream of the ladder reaching to heaven
and the angels constantly moving up and down
the ladder demonstrates God’s active work on this
earth. His promise to Jacob is the same to us: He will
protect us and guide us if we remain faithful to Him.
Dear Lord, help us to see and cooperate with
your holy work here on earth. Use us as your tool
to accomplish this work and teach us to glory in
your ways!

Joseph

Now Israel loved Joseph more than any other of his
children, because he was the son of his old age; and
he had made him a long robe with sleeves. But when
his brothers saw that their father loved him more
than all his brothers, they hated him, and could not
speak peaceably to him. Once Joseph had a dream,
and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him
even more. He said to them, “Listen to this dream
that I dreamed. There we were, binding sheaves in
the field. Suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright;
then your sheaves gathered around it, and bowed
down to my sheaf.” His brothers said to him, “Are
you indeed to reign over us? Are you indeed to have
dominion over us?” So they hated him even more
because of his dreams and his words.
Genesis 37:3-8

Coat of Many Colors

WHAT THIS MEANS
The image of the coat of many colors reminds us that
we are all God’s beloved children, to whom He will
remain faithful. But, just because we are beloved by
God, as Joseph was beloved by his father, we will not be
spared suffering. Soon after Joseph told his brothers his
dream, they decided to get rid of him. They planned to
kill him, but decided in the end to sell him into slavery,
telling their father that he was dead.
As a slave, Joseph was taken to Egypt. Although he was
a faithful servant, his master soon threw him in prison.
This could have been the end of the story for Joseph,
but Joseph remained faithful to God, and God did not
forget him.
Joseph began to interpret the dreams of fellow
prisoners, and soon his ability brought him before
Pharaoh himself. Impressed by Joseph, Pharaoh made
Joseph a powerful man in Egypt, second only to
Pharaoh, and Joseph worked hard to help the nation
survive years of famine. Years later, Joseph’s brothers
came before Joseph, seeking help amid the famine.
They bowed before him, just as he had seen in his
dream! He had every reason to hate his brothers, but
instead of punishing them, Joseph forgave them and
cared for them.
Dear Lord, help us to live as your beloved
children, proud to call you Our Father. Teach us
how to minister to our brothers and sisters in
love and charity, and to forgive them when they
sin against us.

Moses

There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of
fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush was blazing,
yet it was not consumed. Then the Lord said, “Come
no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the
place on which you are standing is holy ground.” He
said further, “I am the God of your father, the God of
Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And
Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.
Then the Lord said, “I have observed the misery of
my people who are in Egypt; I have heard their cry
on account of their taskmasters. Indeed, I know their
sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them from
the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land to
a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and
honey….. So come, I will send you to Pharaoh to bring
my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.” But Moses said to
God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and bring
the Israelites out of Egypt?” He said, “I will be with you.”
Exodus 3:2, 5-12

Burning Bush

WHAT THIS MEANS
The image of the burning bush reminds us that
although God may feel distant, He is always listening
and hears our prayers.
The Israelite nation entered Egypt during the time
of Joseph. While there, they prospered and grew in
number. In fact, they grew into such a numerous
people that the Egyptians feared them and eventually
enslaved them.
For generations, the Israelites were slaves in Egypt
and they cried out to God, begging for Him to rescue
them. And God heard their cries. God picked Moses,
an Israelite boy raised in the house of Pharaoh, to
save the nation. Moses was an unlikely choice for the
job–even he doubted his own abilities! But God put
Moses’ doubts to rest with one little statement, “I will
be with you.”
Armed only with a shepherd’s staff, Moses returned
to Egypt, to face Pharaoh and free his people from
slavery. He walked confidently knowing that God,
the only God, was with him.
Dear Lord, help us to never doubt that you hear
us and see our suffering. Thank you for always
being with us.

Lamb

Then Moses called all the elders of Israel and said to
them, “Go, select lambs for your families, and slaughter
the passover lamb. Take a bunch of hyssop, dip it in
the blood that is in the basin, and touch the lintel and
the two doorposts with the blood in the basin. None
of you shall go outside the door of your house until
morning. For the Lord will pass through to strike down
the Egyptians; when he sees the blood on the lintel and
on the two doorposts, the Lord will pass over that door
and will not allow the destroyer to enter your houses
to strike you down. You shall observe this rite as a
perpetual ordinance for you and your children. When
you come to the land that the Lord will give you, as
he has promised, you shall keep this observance. And
when your children ask you, ‘What do you mean by this
observance?’ you shall say, ‘It is the passover sacrifice to
the Lord, for he passed over the houses of the Israelites
in Egypt, when he struck down the Egyptians but
spared our houses.’” Exodus 12:21-27

Lamb

WHAT THIS MEANS

The image of a lamb reminds us that God will protect
us, even if it requires spilling His own blood.
Freeing the Israelites from slavery was not an easy task.
Pharaoh’s heart was hardened and he doubted God,
preferring his own idols. God sent terrible plagues upon
Egypt. He turned the Nile into blood, He sent frogs,
lice, and boils to torment people and animals. God sent
locusts that consumed all plants. Darkness covered the
land for three days, and still, Pharaoh refused to yield to
the God of Israel.
Then God sent the final plague. He sent His destroyer
to Egypt to kill the first-born in every family, from
Pharaoh to slave to animal. But God would protect His
chosen people from this fate. He directed Moses to have
the entire Israelite nation kill a young lamb and spread
the blood of that lamb above their door. That way, when
God passed by He would know that they were His
faithful people and He would spare them.
Years and years later another spotless lamb would be
sacrificed and His blood would save us and the whole
world from the damnation we deserve. This spotless
lamb was Jesus Christ, God Himself

OUR PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to seek only your protection.
Hide us in your wounds and hold us close to
your side. Teach us to never stop thanking you
for your sacrifice and the protection we have
been given through your blood.

10 Commandments

Then Moses went up to God; the Lord called to him
from the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to
the house of Jacob, and tell the Israelites: You have
seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore
you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself.
Now therefore, if you obey my voice and keep my
covenant, you shall be my treasured possession out
of all the peoples. Indeed, the whole earth is mine,
but you shall be for me a priestly kingdom and a holy
nation. These are the words that you shall speak to
the Israelites.”
Exodus 19:3-6

Tablets

WHAT THIS MEANS
The image of the stone tablets reminds us that loving
God requires obeying His laws.
After the Israelites left Egypt, God continued to
protect them. Pursued by the Egyptians, God parted
the Red Sea and allowed them to pass through on
dry land. God then led them to Mount Sinai, where
God had first appeared to Moses in the burning
bush. God desired to make a covenant with the
nation, and once again establish them as His special
people. But, in order for Him to be their God, they
needed to obey His rules, the 10 commandments.
Often times, we can have a negative reaction to being
asked to obey rules. We feel like we should be able to
do whatever we want, but God tells us that He knows
of a better way for us to live, a way of life that will
lead to our happiness, harmony in our community,
and the eventual redemption of our souls. God’s
commands directed His people to worship only Him
as God, honor our parents, to not lie, steal, or kill.
The Ten Commandments are simple rules that teach
our hearts to love.

Prayer

Dear Lord, help us to trust that you know what
is best for us and that your rules will lead us to
happiness. Give us the courage to obey your
every law

JOSHUA

The Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have handed Jericho
over to you, along with its king and soldiers. You
shall march around the city, all the warriors circling
the city once. Thus you shall do for six days, with
seven priests bearing seven trumpets of rams’ horns
before the ark. On the seventh day you shall march
around the city seven times, the priests blowing the
trumpets. When they make a long blast with the
ram’s horn, as soon as you hear the sound of the
trumpet, then all the people shall shout with a great
shout; and the wall of the city will fall down flat, and
all the people shall charge straight ahead.” So Joshua
son of Nun summoned the priests and said to them,
“Take up the ark of the covenant, and have seven
priests carry seven trumpets of rams’ horns in front
of the ark of the Lord.”
Joshua 6:2-6

Horn

WHAT THIS MEANS
The image of a horn reminds us that when we let
God lead us, anything is possible.
After God led His people out of Egypt, they
wandered in the desert for 40 years. Why did God do
this to His chosen people? Because they needed to
learn to trust Him and follow where He led.
Finally, after all of those years and many trials, God
led the people into the land He had promised them.
There was only one problem. There were already
people living in that Promised Land, including the
people of the fortified city of Jericho, and they didn’t
have any intention of leaving.
But the Israelites did not throw their hands up in
frustration. Instead, they followed Joshua’s example
and trusted in the Lord, even though God’s plan
seemed crazy. For six days, the army of the Israelites
marched around the walled city of Jericho, led by the
Lord in the Arc of the Covenant. On the seventh day,
they marched once more while the priest blew the
horns and the people yelled. And what happened?
The walls of Jericho fell and the Israelites, led by the
Lord, were victorious.

Prayer

Dear Lord, help us to prayerfully discern your
will and faithfully follow your plan.

GIDEON

So the three companies blew the trumpets and broke
the jars, holding in their left hands the torches, and
in their right hands the trumpets to blow; and they
cried, “A sword for the Lord and for Gideon!” Every
man stood in his place all around the camp, and all
the men in camp ran; they cried out and fled.
Judges 7:20-22

Clay Jar

WHAT THIS MEANS
The image of the clay jar reminds us that no enemy is
bigger than our God.
Many years after God brought His people to the
promised land, they forgot about God. They even
started to worship other gods. Since they no longer
obeyed God, God couldn’t protect them and soon the
Midianites overpowered the Israelites and began to
treat them very cruelly.
In anguish, the Israelites once again called out to
God. God heard them and choose Gideon to lead
them to freedom. Gideon assembled an army, but
just as God had done with Joshua, the battle plan
didn’t call for swords. It did, however, call for lots of
trust.
In the dark, Gideon and his small army of 300 men
surrounded the enormous Midianite army. All at
once they blew their horns, and smashed clay jars. The
Midianites were so surprised and scared that they
ran away and once again, God rescued His people.

Prayer

Dear Lord, help us to place our trust fully in you.
No matter how big the enemy or the temptation,
help us to remember that you are bigger and you
will fight for us.

RUTH

But Ruth said to her mother-in-law Naomi, “Do not
press me to leave you or to turn back from following
you! Where you go, I will go; where you lodge, I
will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your
God my God. Where you die, I will die—there will
I be buried. May the Lord do thus and so to me, and
more as well, if even death parts me from you!”
Ruth 1:16-18

WHEAT

WHAT THIS MEANS
The image of the wheat reminds us that we are all
invited to be part of God’s special family.
Ruth was not born a descendant of Abraham. She
was a foreigner who, after the death of her husband,
remained devoted to her mother-in-law, and traveled
with her back to Bethlehem, where God’s chosen
people lived.
There, Ruth lived with and took care of her motherin-law. One day, while out gathering wheat, Ruth
met a man named Boaz. Even though Ruth was an
outsider, Boaz accepted her and encouraged her to
love the Lord. They married, had children, and went
on to be the great-grandparents of King David, the
line through which Jesus would enter the world.
The story of Ruth reminds us that God has a special
plan for each of us. No matter what we look like,
where we were born, or what sins we might have
committed in the past, God is still eager to include us
in His beautiful story of Love.

Prayer

Dear Lord, help us to never doubt how special
we are to you. Teach us to remain loyal to you
and play our part in your great story of love.

David

But David said to Goliath, “You come to me with
sword and spear and javelin; but I come to you in the
name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of
Israel, whom you have defied, that all this assembly
may know that the Lord does not save by sword and
spear; for the battle is the Lord’s and he will give you
into our hand.” When Goliath drew nearer to meet
David, David ran quickly toward the battle line to
meet him. David put his hand in his bag, took out a
stone, slung it, and struck Goliath on his forehead;
the stone sank into his forehead, and he fell face
down on the ground.
1 Samuel 17: 45,47-49

Sling Shot

WHAT THIS MEANS
The image of the sling shot reminds us that although
we are small and weak, with God fighting our battles,
we are strong.
Notice what David says to Goliath when he faces
him, “I come to you in the name of the Lord of
hosts.” By saying this, David is saying not only that
God is on his side, but that he is allowing God to
direct his every move. On the surface, David was
small and unimportant. He was the smallest in his
family and spent his days tending sheep while his
brothers went to battle, and yet God did not see him
as small or unimportant. God saw the heart of David,
a heart that would remain devoted to God and to His
people. This devotion and absolute trust in God is
what brought down the mighty Goliath.
This story took place when David was a child. After
this, David was soon crowned king of Israel, and he
was a good and holy king. He shepherded his people
and taught them how to have a relationship with
God, their Father in Heaven.
Dear Lord, help us to never feel small and
unimportant. Allow us to always remain close to
you and through that closeness find strength and
courage in you.
OUR PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to never feel small and
unimportant. Allow us to always remain close to
you and through that closeness find strength and
courage in you.

Elijah

At the time of the offering of the oblation, the
prophet Elijah came near and said, “O Lord, God of
Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day
that you are God in Israel, that I am your servant,
and that I have done all these things at your bidding.
Answer me, O Lord, answer me, so that this people
may know that you, O Lord, are God, and that you
have turned their hearts back.” Then the fire of the
Lord fell and consumed the burnt offering, the wood,
the stones, and the dust, and even licked up the water
that was in the trench. When all the people saw it,
they fell on their faces and said, “The Lord indeed is
God; the Lord indeed is God.”
1 Kings 18: 36-39

Altar ablaze

WHAT THIS MEANS
The image of the stone altar ablaze with fire reminds
us that there is truly no god besides God.
David was a good and faithful king, but not all of his
descendants that would become king after him were
good. Many were wicked. One king, King Ahab, even
turned his back on God and instead worshiped the
false god, Baal. Many of the Israelites followed his
example and also worshiped this false god.
In response to their unfaithfulness, God called Elijah
to bring them back. To do this, Elijah challenged
the priests of the false god to a contest. They build a
stone altar and placed an offering upon it. Then, they
were to call upon their god to set the offering on fire.
The priests of Baal prayed, but nothing happened.
Then it was Elijah’s turn. Before starting, he dumped
water on everything, to make setting the sacrifice on
fire even harder. Then he prayed and immediately
God sent fire from heaven. The entire sacrifice, and
even the water around it, ignited. God had once
again demonstrated that He alone is God and the
people, once again, returned to Him.
Dear Lord, help us to worship only you. Protect
our hearts from worshiping the false idols of this
age: money, fame, honor, and beauty. Remind us
daily that you alone are God.
OUR PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to worship only you. Protect
our hearts from worshiping the false idols of this
age: money, fame, honor, and beauty. Remind us
daily that you alone are God

Isaiah

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting
on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe
filled the temple. Seraphs were in attendance above
him; each had six wings: with two they covered their
faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with
two they flew. And one called to another and said:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is
full of his glory.” And I said: “Woe is me! I am lost, for I
am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of
unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord
of hosts!” Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a
live coal that had been taken from the altar with a pair
of tongs. The seraph touched my mouth with it and
said: “Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt
has departed and your sin is blotted out.” Then I heard
the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and
who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!”
Isaiah 6:1-3, 5-8

Tongs and Hot Coal

WHAT THIS MEANS
The image of the tongs carrying the hot coal reminds
us that we all can do the work of the Lord and carry
His message to the world.
After Elijah, many of the Israelites became very
religious, but few of the things they did actually
honored God. They prayed, but they were cruel to
the poor. They made sacrifices to God, but they lived
wicked lives. So God called Isaiah to convert their
hearts.
But, Isaiah felt that he was not the right person to
bring God’s message to these people. So, an angel
flew to him and placed a hot coal from the altar of
God on his lips, and when God asked for a volunteer
to go to His people, Isaiah was ready.
Isaiah went to the people of Israel and worked to
convert their hearts and give them hope! He shared
about God’s great plan, that He would send a light to
the world, and that this man who would come to save
the world would also have to suffer and die. For the
most part, however, God’s people refused to listen.
Dear Lord, help us to believe that we too can do
your holy work on this earth. Purify our lips and
our hearts that we might bear your message to
the world.

Prayer

Dear Lord, help us to believe that we too can do
your holy work on this earth. Purify our lips and
our hearts that we might bear your message to
the world.

Jeremiah

And now, because you have done all these things,
says the Lord, and when I spoke to you persistently,
you did not listen, and when I called you, you did not
answer, therefore I will do to the house that is called
by my name, in which you trust, and to the place
that I gave to you and to your ancestors, just what
I did to Shiloh. And I will cast you out of my sight,
just as I cast out all your kinsfolk, all the offspring of
Ephraim. As for you, do not pray for this people, do
not raise a cry or prayer on their behalf, and do not
intercede with me, for I will not hear you.”
Jeremiah 7:13-16

TEARS

O Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and you will
not listen? Or cry to you “Violence!” and you will
not save? Why do you make me see wrongdoing and
look at trouble? Destruction and violence are before
me; strife and contention arise.

HABAKKUK
I will stand at my watchpost, and station myself on
the rampart; I will keep watch to see what he will
say to me, and what he will answer concerning my
complaint.
Habakkuk 1:2-3, 2:1

WATHCTOWER
WHAT THIS MEANS
The image of the watchtower reminds us that God’s
timing is perfect and often we are called to simply
watch and wait.
Unlike many, Habakkuk listened to the pleas of
Jeremiah and returned to God with a faithful,
contrite heart. However, since so few returned to
God, the Babylonians were still allowed to conquer
the nation of Israel. Those faithful to God and those
who were wicked were all carried off as slaves.
When Habakkuk saw the innocent punished
alongside the wicked he grew frustrated with God
and called out to Him in anguish. Then, he patiently
waited for God’s reply.
In response, God shared a message of justice and
hope with Habakkuk. God would punish the
Babylonians for their greed and cruelty and He
would not, even now, abandon His beloved people.
Dear Lord, help us to be patient and wait upon
your word. Help us to silence ourselves and the
world around us so that we might hear your
voice.
OUR PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to be patient and wait upon
your word. Help us to silence ourselves and the
world around us so that we might hear your
voice.

Daniel

Then, at break of day, the king got up and hurried
to the den of lions. When he came near the den
where Daniel was, he cried out anxiously to Daniel,
“O Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God
whom you faithfully serve been able to deliver you
from the lions?” Daniel then said to the king, “O
king, live forever! My God sent his angel and shut
the lions’ mouths so that they would not hurt me,
because I was found blameless before him; and also
before you, O king, I have done no wrong.” Then
the king was exceedingly glad and commanded that
Daniel be taken up out of the den. So Daniel was
taken up out of the den, and no kind of harm was
found on him, because he had trusted in his God.
Daniel 19-23

Lion

WHAT THIS MEANS
The image of the lion reminds us that if we remain
faithful to God, He will remain faithful to us.
During the time of Babylonian exile, God’s people
suffered, and yet God was with them and even there
He raised up a few faithful, holy followers. Daniel
was one of them.
Daniel as a good man who worked hard and had
gained the trust of the Babylonian king. Many other
men grew jealous of Daniel and began to look for
a way to tear him down. Eventually, these men
convinced the king to create a law forbidding the
worship anything except the king.
Daniel remained faithful to God. He refused to
worship the king and continued to worship God, so
he was sentenced to death in the lion’s den.
And yet, God protected His faithful servant. Daniel
remained in the lion’s den all night, and the lions
never touched him. When the king saw this miracle
in the morning, he too was won over by the Lord, the
God of Daniel and Israel.
Dear Lord, help us to remain strong and
courageous, even under the threat of
persecution. Teach us that the closer we are to
You, the safer we are.

Prayer

Dear Lord, help us to remain strong and
courageous, even under the threat of
persecution. Teach us that the closer we are to
You, the safer we are.

Queen Esther

So the king and Haman went in to feast with Queen
Esther. On the second day, as they were drinking wine,
the king again said to Esther, “What is your petition,
Queen Esther? Even to the half of my kingdom, it shall
be fulfilled.” Then Queen Esther answered, “If I have
won your favor, O king, and if it pleases the king, let my
life be given me—that is my petition—and the lives of
my people—that is my request. For we have been sold,
I and my people, to be destroyed, to be killed, and to be
annihilated. If we had been sold merely as slaves, men
and women, I would have held my peace; but no enemy
can compensate for this damage to the king.” Then King
Ahasuerus said to Queen Esther, “Who is he, and where
is he, who has presumed to do this?” Esther said, “A
foe and enemy, this wicked Haman!” Then Haman was
terrified before the king and the queen.
Esther 7:1-6

Crown

WHAT THIS MEANS
The image of the crown of Queen Esther reminds us
that all the power we might possess is given to us by
God and we should use that power to serve God and
others.
While God’s people were living as slaves in Babylon,
Babylon was destroyed by Persia. Many of God’s
people remained there, scattered and abused. The
strangers they lived among did not like the Israelites,
and one man, Haman, was determined to kill every
last one Israelite.
But, the king of Persia loved and Israelite woman
named Esther. He put a royal crown on her head
and promised to give her anything she asked for. She
became a powerful queen and because she remained
faithful to God, God was able to work through her.
From her seat of power, Esther remembered her
people, just as God remembered His people, and
when she had the opportunity, she worked to save
them from the hands of Haman.
Because Esther was willing to use her power to serve
the Lord, the nation of Israel remained and the Tree
of Jesse was preserved so that it might bring forth the
Savior of the world.
Dear Lord, help us to place all of our trust in you
and remember that whatever blessings we enjoy
should be used for Your greater glory.
OUR PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to place all of our trust in you
and remember that whatever blessings we enjoy
should be used for Your greater glory

JONAH

Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah son of
Amittai, saying, “Go at once to Nineveh, that great
city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has
come up before me.” But Jonah set out to flee to
Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He found a
ship going to Tarshish; so he paid his fare and went
on board. But the Lord hurled a great wind upon
the sea, and such a mighty storm came upon the sea
that the ship threatened to break up. So they picked
Jonah up and threw him into the sea; and the sea
ceased from its raging. Then the men feared the Lord
even more, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord
and made vows. But the Lord provided a large fish to
swallow up Jonah; and Jonah was in the belly of the
fish three days and three nights.
Jonah 1:1-4,15-17

Whale

WHAT THIS MEANS
The image of the whale reminds us that God created
all of us for a specific purpose and it is our duty to do
the work God sets before us.
Like Elijah, Isaiah, and Jeremiah, God called Jonah
to go and preach His message in order to convert His
people and save them from punishment. But, unlike
the others, Jonah refused to go. Instead, he ran in the
opposite direction.
Jonah boarded a ship heading away from Nineveh.
Soon, God sent a storm that threatened to destroy
the ship. When the sailors figured out that the storm
was Jonah’s fault, they threw him overboard. The
storm stopped and God sent a fish to swallow Jonah,
thus saving his life.
From the belly of the fish, Jonah prayed in
thanksgiving to God and God heard him, directing
the fish to spit Jonah out on dry land. Then God
spoke to Jonah again, telling him to go to the city
of Nineveh and preach a message of repentance.
And this time, Jonah went. He preached and people
listened. So, even though he fled, God followed him
and remained faithful until Jonah was ready to do
God’s will.
Dear Lord, give us the courage to answer your
call and follow where you lead.
OUR PRAYER

Dear Lord, give us the courage to answer your
call and follow where you lead.

Nehemeiah

They again did evil before you, and you abandoned
them to the hands of their enemies, so that they had
dominion over them; yet when they turned and cried
to you, you heard from heaven, and many times you
rescued them according to your mercies. And you
warned them in order to turn them back to your law.
Yet they acted presumptuously and did not obey your
commandments, but sinned against your ordinances,
by the observance of which a person shall live. They
turned a stubborn shoulder and stiffened their neck
and would not obey. Many years you were patient
with them, and warned them by your spirit through
your prophets; yet they would not listen. Therefore
you handed them over to the peoples of the lands.
Nevertheless, in your great mercies you did not make
an end of them or forsake them, for you are a gracious
and merciful God.
Nehemiah 9:29-31

Brick Wall

WHAT THIS MEANS
The image of the brick wall and gate remind us
that God is merciful and if we approach Him with
repentant hearts, He will allow us to start again.
Nehemiah lived in exile among strangers, but things
were changing. He heard how those that remained in
Jerusalem suffered and he begged the king to allow
him to return there. The king agreed and Nehemiah
set out for God’s city.
When he returned, Nehemiah got to work rebuilding
the city. He rebuilt the walls of the city, the gates,
and even the holy temple. It was difficult work, but
as he and other faithful worked, they strengthened
not only the city, but their faith. They recommitted
themselves to the Lord and repented for all the past
sins of the nation.
Nehemiah worked hard to build up the broken
nation of Israel. He restored the structures of the
Holy City and strengthed their faith and dependance
on God. This work helped prepare their hearts to
receive the Messiah.
Dear Lord, help us to be truly sorry for our sins
and approach you with a humble, repentant
heart for you alone can restore us to fullness.
OUR PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to be truly sorry for our sins
and approach you with a humble, repentant
heart for you alone can restore us to fullness

Zechariah

In the days of King Herod of Judea, there was a priest
named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly order
of Abijah. His wife was a descendant of Aaron, and
her name was Elizabeth. But they had no children,
because Elizabeth was barren, and both were getting
on in years.
Then there appeared to him an angel of the Lord,
standing at the right side of the altar of incense.
When Zechariah saw him, he was terrified; and
fear overwhelmed him. But the angel said to him,
“Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has
been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son,
and you will name him John. You will have joy and
gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, for he
will be great in the sight of the Lord. ”
Luke 1:5,7,11-15
SCRIPTURE
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paper and pen
WHAT THIS MEANS
The image of the paper and pencil remind us that God’s
plan might be mysterious, but it is infinitely better than
any plan we might have.
Zechariah and Elizabeth were faithful people, but they
suffered from the shame of infertility, and now they
were so old that it seemed impossible they would ever
have children. But God had a better plan.
One day in the temple, God sent His angel Gabriel
to Zechariah to proclaim that not only would he be a
father, but his son would be the final and the greatest
prophet. But, Zechariah refused to believe. The
consequence for this doubt was that Zechariah became
mute until the day his son was born.
When his son was born, many people there wanted to
name the child after his father, but Elizabeth insisted
that his name was John. They turned to Zechariah. He
signed for a piece of paper and wrote, “His name is
John.” At that bold act of faith, Zechariah’s voice was
returned, and, moved by the Holy Spirit, he broke out
in beautiful praise of our God and His wondrous ways.
The son of Zechariah and Elizabeth was John the
Baptist, the cousin of Jesus Christ, and the final prophet
that would work to prepare God’s people for the
coming of their Savior.
Dear Lord, help us to trust in your plan and
never doubt what you are capable of.
OUR PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to trust in your plan and
never doubt what you are capable of.

MARY, MOTHER OF JESUS

“My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.
Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
His mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
and lifted up the lowly;
he has filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”
Luke 1:46-55

Lily

WHAT THIS MEANS
The image of the lily reminds us that God can work
through the most unlikely people. All He demands
from us is a our trust and a pure heart.
After God’s people were returned to the Promised
Land, they waited for the Messiah to come. They
were expecting a great warrior to lead them to
military victory, but for over 400 years no one came.
Many of God’s chosen people began to feel that God
had forgotten them. But He hadn’t.
One day God sent His angel to a young girl. Her
name was Mary and she was betrothed to a man
named Joseph. Even though she was unmarried, the
angel told her that through the power of the Holy
Spirit, she would conceive a son and this son would
be the Savior of the World.
Mary was shocked and asked how this could be
possible, and yet, she said “yes” to God’s beautiful
plan. While visiting her cousin Elizabeth soon after,
Mary broke out in praise to God. He had remained
faithful to the end and cared about even His smallest
servants. Throughout all of history, He really had
written the most beautiful story of love for His
people and Mary was humbled and filled with joy to
be part of it.
Dear Lord, help us to say “yes” like Mary, with a
pure heart, full of trust in Your divine plan.
OUR PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to say “yes” like Mary, with a
pure heart, full of trust in Your divine plan.

Joseph

Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this
way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to
Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found
to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband
Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose
her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly.
But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of
the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph,
son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your
wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy
Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him
Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” When
Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the
Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, but had
no marital relations with her until she had borne a son;
and he named him Jesus.
Matthew 1:18-21,24-25

Hammer

WHAT THIS MEANS
The image of the hammer and nail remind us of the
great St. Joseph, who was the protector of Mary and
Jesus on this earth, and who will intercede for our
protection now from heaven.
Joseph was a righteous man, but God’s plan put him
in an awkward position. The woman he was about
to marry was pregnant before they were married.
Determined to protect her, Joseph did not publicly
shame her. Instead, he was about to take care of
things privately when an angel appeared to him in a
dream.
After receiving the message of the angel, Joseph did
not hesitate. He married Mary and went to work
being the father of the Messiah. He never doubted
God’s plan, even though he had no idea how this
tiny baby would save us all from our sins. He just
remained faithful and when the baby was born, he
named him Jesus, just as the angel had directed him.
Joseph didn’t know how God’s plan would play out,
but he faithfully obeyed and trusted in the goodness
of God.
Dear Lord, You entered this world as a helpless
infant and accepted the protection of a man,
Joseph. Help us to embrace our own helplessness
and crawl under the wings of Your protection.
OUR PRAYER

Dear Lord, You entered this world as a helpless
infant and accepted the protection of a man,
Joseph. Help us to embrace our own helplessness
and crawl under the wings of Your protection.

BABY JESUS

In that region there were shepherds living in the fields,
keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel
of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the
Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But
the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am
bringing you good news of great joy for all the people:
to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who
is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you
will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying
in a manger.” When the angels had left them and gone
into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us
go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken
place, which the Lord has made known to us.” So they
went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the
child lying in the manger.
Luke 2: 8-12,15-17

WHAT THIS MEANS
Dear Lord, thank you for the gift of your son,
born into this world as an infant. When we gaze
at your son, free us from pride and fill us with
joy at the wonder of your plan.
OUR PRAYER
The image of the infant Lord reminds us that God
entered this world not as a warrior ready for battle, but
as a helpless baby.
The entire story, from the moment Eve bit into the
apple was leading up to this moment. God had
promised that He would send us a Savior, someone that
would restore what was lost in the Garden of Eden, and
God made good on that promise.
But, before the world could receive this Savior, they
needed to learn to live as God lived. God made them
His chosen people, He brought them out of slavery and
into the land He promised them. He gave them the king
they had asked for, and when they turned their back on
Him, He allowed them to be taken away as slaves. And
yet, through it all God remained faithful.
Despite all of the wickedness and sins of His people,
God sent His own son to purchase for them the rewards
of eternal life. He would become the blood sacrifice
needed to wash away the sins of the entire nation and
gather into one the whole world.
All of this would be done by a baby born in a barn. The
Lord of the Universe humbled Himself, completely,
out of love for His people and enter human history as a
helpless baby

Dear Lord, thank you for the gift of your son,
born into this world as an infant. When we gaze
at your son, free us from pride and fill us with
joy at the wonder of your plan.

Jesus the Christ

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was
with God, and the Word was God. He was in the
beginning with God. All things came into being
through him, and without him not one thing came
into being. What has come into being in him was
life, and the life was the light of all people. The light
shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not
overcome it.
And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and
we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only
son, full of grace and truth. From his fullness we
have all received, grace upon grace.
John 1:1-5,14,16

WHAT THIS MEANS
Dear Lord, help us to never doubt your loving
care for us. Remind us of all the care you took to
teach us your ways of love.
OUR PRAYER
The image of the Bible reminds us that all of the stories
contained within its pages come together as one
incredible tale of how much our God loves us.
As the son of God, Jesus existed from the very
beginning of time. He is one with God and the Holy
Spirit and this Triune God was there at the very
moment of creation. They were there at the first sin,
the exile from the garden, the first murder, the flood,
the promise to Abraham, the near sacrifice of Isaac, the
vision of Jacob, and the troubles of Joseph.
They were there, working a beautiful plan of love, in the
burning bush, the passover, the 10 commandments, the
fall of Jericho, the triumph of Gideon’s army, and the
loyalty of Ruth. God was there also at the crowning of
King David, when Elijah called down fire from heaven,
when Isaiah preached about His beautiful plan, and for
the tears of Jeremiah. God was even there during the
years of exile. He waited with Habakkuk, protected
Daniel, heard Esther, pursued Jonah, and encouraged
Nehemiah.
And then, when the plan was nearly complete, God,
through His angels, spoke to Zechariah, Mary and
Joseph, preparing them for the One that was to come,
God Himself, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who had
been with them for every step of this incredib

1. Jesse: Isaiah 1
2. Creation: Genesis 1-2:3
3. The First Sin: Genesis 2:4-3:24
4. Cain and Abel: Genesis 4:1-16
5. Noah: Genesis 6:5-22, 7:17-8:12, 8:20-9:17
6. Abraham: Genesis 12:1-7, 15:1-6
7. Isaac: Genesis 22:1-19
8. Jacob: Genesis 27:41-28:22
9. Joseph: 37:3-36, 50:15-21
10. The Burning Bush: Exodus 2-4:20
11. The Passover: Exodus 12-14
12. The 10 Commandments: Exodus 19-20
13. The Fall of Jericho: Joshua 1:1-11, 6:1-20
14. Gideon’s Army: Judges 2:6-23, 6-8:28
15. Ruth: 1-2, 4:13-22
16. David and Goliath: 1 Samuel 17:32-51
17. Elijah: 1 Kings 17:1-16, 18:17-46
18. Isaiah: Isaiah 1:10-20, 6:1-13, 8:11-9:7
19. Jeremiah: Jer. 1:4-10, 2:4-13, 71-15, 8:22-9:11
69
20. Habakkuk: Habakkuk 1:12-2:1, 3:16-19
21. Daniel: Daniel 6:1-28
22. Esther: Esther 2, 3:8-11, 5:1-8, 7
23. Jonah: The Book of Jonah
24. Nehemiah: Nehemiah 1-2:8, 6:15-16, 13:10-22
25. Zechariah: Luke 1:8-26, 26-38
26. Mary: Luke 1:26-56
27. Joseph: Luke 1:18-25
28. Jesus’ Birth: Luke 2:1-20
29. Jesus, the Word: John 1