Advent invites us to turn that life-draining pattern upside down.
Advent celebrates the incarnational, Word-becomes-flesh God.
Advent announces that God was not willing to have a distant, arms-length relationship with us -- God's beloved creatures formed in God's image.
Advent is all about God's willingness -- even insistence -- to be vulnerable, accessible, reachable, and attainable.
Advent breaks down the barriers between the created and the Creator.