We all love the idea of a wonderful surprise. That Christmas gift that we never expected but is just perfect! We never thought we'd receive such a gift, but here it is. We embrace it. But we also know that surprise can mean disappointment (the pink bunny pajamas from Aunt Clara). We've convinced ourselves that some wonderful something is going to happen, but then it's something else. It's hard to understand. Hard to accept. Hard to believe that anything different from our expectation could be as good or better. God gives a gift of himself in this baby in the trough. The gift changes us our knowledge of God, ourselves, the world. The gift is astonishing. The greatest surprise of all.