We are stories within a story.
Narratives within the larger Word.
Even while we question meaning or reason,
we have comfort in knowing how it ends.

More than players on a stage
we have our own self-determination.
We are safe to make decisions and choices
within the provision of an all-encompassing plan.

Advent reminds us of the eternal story
in which life and death take turns
in entering from the wings.
And nothing in this world is ever final

while His Word has the enduring say.

We are stories within a story.
Narratives within the larger Word.
Even while we wonder at the purpose of our griefs
with relief we keep our trust in joy’s return.

For Advent teaches us the story within the story.
The larger volume and the smallest detail contained.
Held together in His great unfolding scroll
by hands that reach from beginning to end.

Advent recalls to us the gift of waiting.
The treasure held close to Mary’s breast.
The heart already leaps for what isn’t yet,
this comfort in knowing how it ends.

The hope in which we, waiting, 
place our faith.
The trust in what we know 
has been conceived.

Written by :

Ana Lisa de Jong
Living Tree Poetry
December 2018

9 Comments on “WOW!

  1. What a wonderful poem and photo. Thanks for sharing. I love the idea that or personal path is embedded in a bigger plan. No matter if you are a Christian or not many believe that idea and this poem expresses it just so wonderfully. Hope you are well and have a great advent time!

    May I ask a favour of you? The daughter of a friend of mine has done a song on YouTube for a school project and needs comments in English on YouTube. Would you mind to check it out and give her some feedback? Its perfectly fine if not but these kids try to do something against climate change and plastic pollution and I believe they deserve some support. I’ve written about it here:

    Thanks very much!


    • Hi Bee! Thank you for visiting! I watched the video and commented. Yes, humans have messed up the earth and we have become bystanders watching our own mess! Makes me sad that children are more concerned than most adults! Please congratulate the young ladies. I am impressed, and will share among my South African friends as well!.

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      • Oh, thank you very much. That is brilliant. I know I feel rather ashamed that we leave our children such a mess. We have decided to home make even more things in 2019 to avoid as much plastic as we can. And I am finding more ways of saving water. But these kids give me hope that our future will be much better than it is now. That is why I made it my mission to support them as much as I can.

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