This time of the year always brings me to the words of German mystic Meister Eckhardt, “We are all meant to be mothers of God, for God is always seeking to be born.” I ask that you listen once more: God is always seeking to be born! God is seeking to born in us right where we are. This could be the mantra of a new emerging and life-affirming religion as well as for the Christmas season.

God is not far off. God is as near as your very breath, and moves within us every moment of the day. The stable and manger, and the star of wonder are not anomalies, but everyday realities. Jesus is born in Bethlehem and being born in us moment by moment. We don’t need the miracle of a supernatural virgin birth, an immaculate conception, or a planetary rescue operation, but we do need the miracle of embodying and expressing God’s love right where we are. Emerging faith, life-transforming spirituality, connection to creation, is about opening our senses to divinity whether in multi sensory worship, protesting injustice, playing with a baby, caressing our beloved, writing a poem, sharing a holiday meal, or enjoying a sunrise. God is sensational, with love that is always incarnational, taking birth in the flesh in Bethlehem and seeking to be born in our lives this very moment.

This does not diminish the uniqueness of the birth of Jesus, but opens us to his birthing in our lives. God is always uniquely revealing Godself. In a special moment, God gave breath to a child, born of Mary and Joseph, but revealing from his conception and first cries the light of the world, whose star hovers over Bethlehem but also the Persian home of magi and continents unknown to the Jews in the first century. This star, now, yes even now, still hovers overhead in Palestine, Israel, Washington DC, and in every suburb and village, reminding us that the word is made flesh in Jesus the Christ and Healer, and in the Christ Consciousness seeking to born in us. This is truly the meaning of divine omnipresence: God is present everywhere, in every birth, and in every moment of transformation. “When did we see you?” asked the faithful. And, God responds, “In everyone – most especially, the hungry, thirsty, unemployed, marginalized, and refugee.”

I believe in the Incarnation. I believe that something unique and life-transforming happened in the birth of Jesus. This was not contrary to the regular universal laws of causation, but rather reflects the deepest energy of creation, the very intensity of the birth of birth of the universe some fourteen billion years ago. This birth was the expression of the energy of creation…. Aka love.

The world is always more wonderful than we can imagine – the whole earth is full of God’s glory, permeated with spirit, and not a one dimensional tightly wound environment that leaves out adventure and surprise. As an early Christian teacher proclaimed, the glory of God is a person fully alive. In the incarnation, God was fully alive in the call and response which enlivened Mary, Joseph, and their tiny child. They responded to Creation’s unexpected movements in their lives – bringing forth wonders that pushed them beyond their comfort zones to become partners in God’s holy adventure. They became fully alive, contributing to the unique divine presence in Jesus, by their responses to their angelic visitors. There was no “purpose-driven predetermination” in Jesus’ birth but a lively quantum leap of divine human partnership that gave birth to possibilities that shape our lives not only at Christmas but every day.

Eckhardt asks, “What does it matter if God is always being born, if it doesn’t happen to me?” So, let Christ Consciousness emerge this year in your village, in your heart, and in your spirit. Let something born as you say “yes” to the birth call of this present moment, revealed in your partner, friend, child or grandchild and embodied in a refugee, undocumented worker, homeless one, or enemy. God is here, the word is made flesh, being born anew in you and all the world. By your openness let God be fully alive in you!  And have yourself a real Merry Christmas!