Dec 8: Advent Devotional Series

“Tree of Life” created by Kester, Hilario Nhatugueja, Fiel dos Santos, and Adelino Serafim Maté
The sculpture used decommissioned weapons once used for war in Mozambique

“Tree of Life” 

Sculpture from Mozambique

by Kester, Hilario Nhatugueja, Fiel dos Santos, and Adelino Serafim Maté

What do you see when you see the “Tree of Life?”

Share your reflections in the comments. For an added focus, consider what inspiration comes from the “Tree of Life,” and share a prayer in the comments. 

Contemplate this reflection from N.T. Wright on the “Tree of Life” and New Creation.

Revelation 21

Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and God will dwell with them. They will be God’s people, and God will be with them and be their God. ‘God will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

Jesus who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” (21.1-5)

The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it. (21.23-36)

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