Here is a wonderful and creative new resource to help you and your family reflect on the true meaning of both Christmas and Easter—Messiah Vine: A celebration of Advent and Lent (by Kathi Lambrides Westlund and family).
THE MESSIAH VINE was designed to help you celebrate both the birth and the resurrection of Christ. Advent and Lent are often treated as completely separate seasons. But they aren’t separate events—they are one beautiful, connected story! Kathi Lambrides Westlund actually wrote The Messiah Vine for her own family out of her frustration that most Advent resources leave Jesus in the manger at Christmas, and the realization that there are few resources available that mark Easter in a way that is cohesive with the whole scope of the Bible.
Jesus was not only the Baby of Bethlehem—He is also the Creator of the universe, the Savior of the world, and the Lord of eternity!
The Messiah Vine will help you weave both seasons together. As you progress through the Advent and Lenten seasons, you will focus on some of the main events in God’s work of redemption. You might think of the Messiah Vine as a timeline that depicts God’s plan from before creation into eternity. During the Advent season, The Messiah Vine devotional will guide you from creation to Jesus’ boyhood. During the Lenten season, the focus is on the “I am” statements of Christ and Holy Week events.
The Messiah Vine includes 39 unique ornaments, all of which are hand-made by Kathi and her family. They are carefully crafted out of a variety of media: clay, wood, fabric, paper, twigs, and twine.
We highly recommend this resource! For more information and to purchase it, go here.