Our friend Kha recently posted this article about worship.  While it still doesn’t entirely answer my question from yesterday (it’s a broad question, to be fair), I found it helpful.

The holiday season is just around the corner, but I don’t think it’s entirely hit me yet.  In some ways it has, I suppose…  We’ve already purchased some Christmas gifts (my goal is to have all our gifts in the guest room ready to wrap by December 5…  We’ll see how that goes) and started to evaluate our social life in December… but it doesn’t quite “feel” like the holidays yet.  Maybe it’s because I’ve yet to pull out my Sufjan Christmas album(s).

I love Thanksgiving and Christmas; I really do.  It’s just so easy to get overwhelmed.  There’s pressure to buy gifts, go to parties, and spend equal amounts of time with both sides of the family.  I’m trying to remember that my life is not about appeasing other people, and that my husband (and our sanity) needs to stay a priority.  More than that, my life – and this season – is about the Lord.  At Thanksgiving, we can be thankful for the God we serve and the way he has provided for us.  At Christmas, we can remember the way our Savior, Jesus Christ, came to this earth – in the humble form of an infant, born in the ugliest of places.  It foreshadowed his purpose and his future – to humble himself to the point of death, and not just death, but the ugliest of deaths, on a cross.  All so I, and the rest of this world, could have new life.

I hope that I can enter the Christmas season with the right mindset and attitude, instead of trying to rediscover it in the middle of the chaos and conflict.