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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Philippians 4:4-7

REFLECTION During Advent attention is needed to the distinction between the material happiness that the commercial world promises and the abiding joy of Christian faith that cannot be bought at the mall but can sustain us, come what may. After all, Paul issues this exhortation to rejoice from the cell of a dark Roman prison (Phil. 1:13). Joy that emerges from a deep connection with our spiritual source is a far cry from the fleeting rush achieved through the acquisition of the season’s latest toy. The depth of acculturation to consumer values, however, makes this message challenging to preach in ways that are not trite and simplistic.

-PHILIP E. CAMPBELL

RESPONSE What has brought you joy this day?

PRAYER I confess that not worrying about anything is so hard to do. I have a long list. Remind me to trust and not be afraid. Amen.