God with us.
What we long for and need so badly.
And yet could anything be more shocking than the Incarnation? The One through whom all things were made suddenly needing to squall to be fed and changed?
We can tame this into a painting, lovely and safe, but there was nothing of safety about it then. Nor is there now. Do we dare consider playing with fire? Once lit, there is no going back. Not for the universe, not for us. Like it or not, everything is different now: wild and purposeful, a flame appearing suddenly in that place where our eyes had been accustomed to darkness. Will we look away or risk being set ablaze?
And when we say yes as Mary did so long ago, as we say yes as God did to us – does to us! – where will we be led? In what stable will Christ become incarnate in our lives today?
O come, o come, Emmanuel… Be born in us today.