Many years after David reigned, Ahab became king of Israel. He was an evil king: "Ahab did more to provoke the anger of the Lord, the God of Israel, than had all the kings of Israel who were before him." Ahab even let his wife Jezebel talk him into serving false gods. During this time, the Lord spoke through the prophet Elijah, telling Ahab that because of his wickedness "there shall be neither dew nor rain these years, except by my word." The land became dry and parched, but God sent Elijah to live in the wilderness east of the Jordan River, and God sent ravens to bring food to Elijah every morning and every evening. The drought lasted three years, and in all that time, God continued to look after Elijah.
1 Kings 17:1-7
Potential ornament for the Jesse Tree: a raven (or any black bird)