God’s self-revelation as a child in a manger is a gesture of love that answers the unfathomable holy longing at the heart of every person in every generation. God becomes vulnerable and weak because we are, and we need hope. That’s what love does. Love suffers for and with the beloved, love also rejoices with the beloved, and love is always personally present and vulnerable to acceptance or rejection. Only if we accept our own vulnerability will we be open to the true fulfillment of our holy longing. Half-measures, false gods, distractions, and the bluster of self-reliability are all just whistling in the dark.