from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—
the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and of might,
the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord
and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.” —Isaiah 11: 11-3
(The image accompanying this post is The Tree of Jesse, a 1500 oil-on-panel painting by Jan Mostaert.)