Remember the time when someone thanked you for doing something for them, and you said to them, "Oh it was nothing", and you really mean't it?
... Isn't that the most glorious feeling, when you realize you've actually done something for a person because you ARE FOR them, not out of obligation, not because it's required, but because you have acted in freedom? What you've done has been consistent with who you are. Who you are is consistent with what you've done.
... God is not in bondage. God is without boundaries. God acts freely. God always acts in a way that's consistent with who God really is, so that when we see that baby in the manger, we DON'T look in that manger and say:
"Wow, look what God did this time. Isn't that an interesting anecdote in God's life."
[No!] We look in that manger and we say:
"Hallelujah, this is who God is, a baby. One who has not only done things for us, but IS with us and for us."
-Dr. Cynthia Rigby
from a keynote address that can be found in its entirety: here
The quote above appears in the following snippet of the keynote address (6.5 min.):
mp3 file of snippet can be found: here