The things that are meant to point us to God—family, community, food, presents, love, feasting—can take the focus, instead of pointing us to God, they can take the place of God.
Advent reminds us that Christmas is not a sentimental, consumerist, family-friendly holiday, but is a season of radical political subversion, the downfall of the mighty, and an upturning of the hierarchies of the world.
Don’t let your circumstance cause a conflict in your worship stance.
Advent is primarily about looking through the baby in the manger to see Christ the King coming on the clouds in glory.
Truth is, it’s hard to feel Not Your Best or Not Your Holiest at Christmas when you love the season and deeply want to create space for others to worship.
Through that grace, we love God fully and love our neighbor fully. That’s the purpose of all our salvation, and in the end, our ministry.