Advent Word/Day 28

The birth of Jesus is one of the most depicted scenes in artwork throughout the ages. Whether in print, on canvas, or in a creche, there usually is presented a holy family that is serene and beautiful, picturesque and peaceful. But birth in and of itself is a messy business – especially given their particular set of circumstances – and the evening was likely hardly Instagram worthy.

Similarly, the images we present to others through social media is often much more sanitized and staged than the imperfect and often messy reality of our actual lives. It is only natural that we present our best selves to the world, as long as we remember that what we see may not accurately represent the entire story…the good, the bad, the beautiful and even the messy!

-Karri Temple Brackett
December 24, 2022

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