I have found that true intimacy with others and with Christ is truly known and experienced when we have opportunities to unconditionally love and accept each other through the depth of apparent transgressions and pain.
The problem with the instantaneous switch from “regular music” to “all Christmas, all the time” is that this isn’t really what the season is about. It is time Advent is reclaimed for what it is really about.
The people who walk through our doors every week have become our family. We are all so different; politically, socially, spiritually (the list could go on and on). But there is something about the table that allows us to put our differences aside and commune.
This invitation doesn’t mean neglecting the daily habits that God presents as opportunities to live out our faith. We can find deep contentment in our ordinary lives, and we can also seek opportunities to radically welcome others in.
Loving God needs to come first. I live for Christ, trying to please Him in what I do and say. But I want to do more than live for Him; I want to live with Him.
When we have a fuller understanding of the themes of Scripture, we find ourselves swept into the stories themselves, being transformed by the words of God to live out those stories in our own lives.