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OccupyAdvent "Your Christmas Tree"

Morning Readings:
Ps. 93 & 96 Gal. 3:15-22 Luke 1:67-80 *Matt. 1:1-17 (Common English Bible)
How do family trees have anything to do with Christmas trees? Christmas is a time for families, which probably means, for most people reading this: lots of food, watching football, opening and playing with presents, lounging around in pajamas, beer, egg nog and, of course, the stress. People love holidays because of the fact that it means it will be a time for their family to be together, but that also means it will be some of the most stressful times because their family will be together-the ironies of life. 
The Christmas tree, to me, represents family. I have no idea of the historical background and real birth from which the Christmas tree came. I really am not that interested in that, but if someone would like to to comment below and explain that would be very welcomed. However, for the purpose of this blog post, my Christmas tree will be representing family. 
When I look at my Christmas tree …

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Readings for Today:

Psalm 55
Isa. 10:20-27
Jude 20-27
Lk. 3:1-9
[Common English Bible]

“This is just as it is written in the scroll of the words of Isaiah the prophet;
A voice crying out in the wilderness: “Prepare the way for the Lord; Make his paths straight. Every valley will be filled, and every mountain and hill will be leveled. The crooked will be made straight and the rough places made smooth. All humanity will see God’s salvation.”
Then John said to the crowds who came to be baptized by him, ‘You children of snakes! Who warned you to escape from the angry judgement that is coming soon? Produce fruit that shows you have changed your hearts and lives. And don’t even think about saying to yourselves, Abraham is our father. I tell you that God is able to raise up Abraham’s children from these stones. The ax is already at the root of the trees. Therefore, every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit will be chopped down and tossed into the fire.’”
Luke 3:4-9, Common English Bible
I almost feel no ne…