"The incarnation is God reaching out across the chasm caused by our sin and starting the relationship all over again." (D. Benner "Surrender to Love")
A wonderful book by the way!
"Incarnation, in-flesh-ment, God in human form in Jesus entering our history: this is what started Christmas. This is what keeps Christmas going." (Eugene Peterson)
God longs for a relationship with us, so much so, that he paid the price to achieve it. He gave us the gift, all we have to do is accept it.
Advent reading for Friday: Psalm 27v1-6; Isaiah 29v17-24; Matthew 9v27-31
"Open, we pray you, heavenly Father, our eyes to see and our ears to hear your Word, who is Jesus Christ, true God and true man. As you sent your Spirit upon Mary, so send your Spirit upon us. Embrace us and hold us close within the Trinity of your love, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Thus may we, according to your gift of faith, trust the fulfillment of all your promises." Amen. Let it be. (Richard John Heuhaus "God with us")