Assumed Audience: Theologically-orthodox Christians, or folks interested in things that theologically-orthodox Christians think.
I have been thinking much the same about Advent recently as Webster says here of Passiontide:
How do we manage to hear again the word spoken to us: that God eternal took up mortal flesh? We “know in advance what’s going to be said, and so we forget to listen, we don’t allow ourselves to be displaced or uprooted by what is set before us.” Because our natural tendency is to allow ourselves to grow comfortable, to take for granted that of course God took on sinews and stubbed toes, to forget that the Incarnation was miraculous not only in what happened but why: for us and our sake, that God be glorified in the redemption of those who scorned him in his glory no less than we scorn the small and pitiable things of this world.
But God did become a man, did let himself be born in squalor and poverty to upend all the wisdom and power of man and to undo sin and death and injustice and misery and sickness and make “every bad thing come untrue.” May we have eyes to see it and ears to hear it.