From Messy Incarnation by Bruce Epperly:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The lightJohn 1:1-5, 9
shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it… The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.
The intimacy of Bethlehem is also the infinity of divine creativity. God is uniquely revealed in a baby’s first cry and the ongoing inspiration to this child growing in wisdom and stature. (Luke 2:52) Within the spiritual history of the Jewish people, and the mystical experiences of patriarchs, matriarchs, and prophets, God chose certain moments to be particularly present and definitive of history. Just as there are certain definitive and revelatory moments in our lives, there are definitive and revelatory moments in God’s relationship with humankind. Surely the incarnation was one such moment, fully revealing the heart of God in flesh and blood
Jesus’ birth and life were not accidental, ….