“Whatever the circumstances, God will not be manipulated into coming. God’s advent will always be a gracious act based on promise; God will be gracious – of this the people can be assured. Thus God’s coming to the people is never capricious.”
(Terence E. Fretheim, The Suffering of God: An Old Testament Perspective, pg. 83)
You can find links to all the blogs I have or will post during this year’s Christmas season at 2012 Nativity Blogs.