Entering Advent, Things Are Not Always As They Seem

Alone.  Tired.  Weary.

Given a promise, a divine proclamation without circumstances seeming it could be true …

Reputation questioned.



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Things are not always as they seem.

No room, without support, and left to rest for the evening in a humble stable – to give birth?

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Things are not always as they seem.

What circumstances that seemed to orchestrate a lack of oversight, of love, care, or concern …

Were those that welcomed the birth of the divine, God-man in the flesh.


Without pretense, seemingly invisible.

With signs that led the way.

Yet, welcomed by the wisest of the day, traveling afar to see – a sign.

Raised in humble means, a King?

For things are not always as they seem.


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Choosing to trust, when ways are foreign, uncomfortable, unfamiliar, were the fertile humus by the one who carried him for the divine God-man to be nurtured, to grow in wisdom, stature, and in favor with God and man.

Why?  Perhaps that is the mystery of choosing to enter into the Advent season.

As we enter into the narrative of the first coming, the first Advent, waiting, possibly with enigma, of a mystery foretold, may we enter in …


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To ponder

To appreciate true power in humility

That came that first Advent to save our souls.

What in your life seems uncomfortable, unfamiliar, or seems to have a lack of orchestrated oversight?

Will you accept the invitation for an encounter with God, Christ in the image of the invisible God through his Presence, God-with-you, in that place?

“Humus”, of Latin origin, is soil, organic decomposition, fertile ground of the earth.  It is a most seemingly unexpected place to meet the divine, but to know him, he thrives in humble hearts; the soil of the unexpected resting and waiting place of the enigma of deep growth.

For things are not always as they seem.

“Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.  He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation”.   – Colossians 1:15

“O that you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence … No eye has seen any God besides you, who work for those who wait for him.” –  Isaiah 64:1, 4b

“He will guide the humble in doing right and teach his way to the lowly.  All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth to those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.”  – Psalm 25:8-9


Things aren’t always what they seem, or what we may be drawn to after further examination.  All that glitters isn’t gold, and what radiates with pure light can be trusted to be followed.

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