Advent Reading for Thursday, December 20 - Philippians 4:4-9
Last week at our weekly gathering at our home we began talking about how our lives are like a story, with a protagonist (hopefully us), antagonists, conflict, resolution, etc.
This week we talked about how Jesus' birth had all these elements. The beauty we try to capture in our manger scenes and Christmas productions rarely pick up on the conflict and the challenges experienced by Mary and Joseph.
Teenage pregnancy, orders from a puppet-king to kill all boy babies, fleeing to Egypt for safety, the long journey to Bethlehem (while very pregnant) only to be told "there is so room in the inn", giving birth in a dirty stable.
The circumstances surrounding the birth of Christ were not conflict-free. But, sometimes I expect my life to be this way - which is unrealistic.
Paul reminds me in Philippians not to be anxious, to be thankful, and to think about what is true, noble, right, pure, etc.