The Family Tree

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Today is Saturday, December 9th

Light one purple candle.


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Sketch your family tree and think about how each member brings something special. If you could pick one famous person to be in your family tree, who would it be? Why? If you have multiple people in your household, can you agree on someone


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Read Isaiah 11:1-2, 10

There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse,
    and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.
And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him,
    the Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
    the Spirit of counsel and might,
    the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.

In that day the root of Jesse, who shall stand as a signal for the peoples—of him shall the nations inquire, and his resting place shall be glorious.[ESV]


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Father God, prepare our hearts not only for the celebration to come, but also for sharing that Good News with friends, family and work colleagues should opportunity arise. Grant us courage and a real willingness to talk about the love that came down to earth and walked among us. Amen.


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Personalize it. How can your thoughts and these readings and prayers help you worship fully, give more, spend less and love all.


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Bonus: Read how members and friends of Christ-St. Paul's are experiencing today's devotion.

Today's thoughts come to us from Fr. Craige:

As I read today's devotion, I thought about my family tree. In my family, my mother was an only child and my father had one brother. My grandfather had brought his family to El Paso from Canada with the railroad and by the time I came along, there was only my family and my aunt and uncle's family. There are 5 of us siblings and I have 5 cousins. By Yonges Island standards we were an extremely small family. As I reflect on my family tree today, I have my own three children, two lovely daughters-in-law, and four precious grandchildren. My siblings have several children and grandchildren, my cousins likewise have children and grandchildren. We're still pretty small compared to families here, but we've grown tremendously in my lifetime.

I suspect the rector should obviously want to have Jesus in my family tree, and we already do! What a blessing it is to know that. But I suspect the question is looking for someone who is not already in my family tree. And then I begin to wonder why would I want someone, would it be because of something missing in my life? Would it be to have some gift or talent I wish I did have that they would obviously passed down to me? 

I know, I'm possibly evading the question, but honestly, as I reflect the only person or people I would want to add to my family are the  people who i've come to know and love within the Church, the body of Christ. And here too, they already are my brothers and sisters.