It can be hard to find much to be happy about these days.
Information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has overtaken our televisions, radios, podcasts, newspapers and social media feeds. Every day, we hear or read about more confirmed cases and more deaths. We are continually confronted with the reality of unemployment and economic downturn. We are advised or ordered to stay home and away from each other.
All of that is, quite frankly, depressing — which is why I find the book of Philippians to be incredibly uplifting in this time of crisis.
Philippians has earned the nickname “the book of encouragement” because of its overarching theme of joy. In the English translation of Philippians, the word “joy” occurs five times, the word “rejoice” occurs seven times and “glad” occurs twice. All of these words call for one thing: celebration!