Welcome to Falling Spring!
As we celebrate this advent season, we invite you to join in the challenge of Advent Conspiracy! Advent Conspiracy is a global movement of people and churches resisting the cultural Christmas narrative of consumption by choosing a revolutionary Christmas through Worshipping Fully, Spending Less, Giving More and Loving All. Each day, an advent devotional written by a member of the congregation or staff all be posted here. May god bless you and your family this joyous season!
In that day the Branch of the Lord will be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land will be the pride and glory of the survivors in Israel. Those who are left in Zion, who remain in Jerusalem, will be called holy, all who are recorded among the living in Jerusalem. The Lord will wash away the filth of the women of Zion; he will cleanse the bloodstains from Jerusalem by a spirit of judgment and a spirit of fire. Then the Lord will create over all of Mount Zion and over those who assemble there a cloud of smoke by day and a glow of flaming fire by night; over all the glory will be a canopy. It will be a shelter and shade from the heat of the day, and a refuge and hiding place from the storm and rain.
Have you ever had the privilege of time to sit in the quiet of the woods? First of all, you are keen to every sound – a squirrel hopping through the leaves, acorns falling from trees, the wind blowing leaves, and trees knocking together. Second, it’s a great place to see God’s beauty, feel His presence, and hear Him speak.
The Branch of the Lord in this passage made me think of the woods and times in the Bible where trees were discussed. In the Garden of Eden there was the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, and the Tree of Life. Adam and Eve allowed one tree and its fruit to ruin their stay in the garden. Zaccheus climbed a tree to be able to see Jesus, and then Jesus spoke to him in the tree.
Whether you want to learn more about God or be able to see Him more clearly, find your quiet place. If you’ve never taken the time to just sit in the woods, I encourage you to do so. Remember Jesus was born in a manger, and died on a cross both made from trees.
Dear Jesus, we are excited to celebrate your birth this season. Whether we’re in our cars, sitting in our living rooms, or hanging with you in the woods may we take the time to seek quiet to reflect on Your life.