The Origin of the Christmas Tree
'Beauty in Their Gravel Roads'

By Matt C. Abbott
Renew America
December 22, 2008

From Rochelle Brancato, wife of clergy abuse survivor Bob Brancato :

"I'd like to share some Christmas wishes with your readers. You'll see attached a photo we had taken in October of this year. Pictured are Bob, myself and our baby girl.

"Behind us are storm clouds, symbolizing the storm our family has made it through — as well as storms certain to come.

"The gravel road and gate represents the tougher, less traveled road we've taken. We like the Highwaymen song that says, 'True love travels on a gravel road.'

"The best part of the photo is the sun shining on our faces and foreground, despite the storm. Hope.

"And yes, the motorcycle represents freedom and zest for life. Bob is a suicide survivor. I survived near death in childbirth. Our baby girl survived eight weeks of prematurity.

"With all the doom and gloom in the news today, may your readers stop and see beauty in their gravel roads."


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