One Can Never be Sure

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THE CHILD IS BORNĀ in the night among the beasts. The sweet breath and steaming dung of the beasts. And nothing is ever the same again.

Those who believe in God can never in a way be sure of him again. Once they have seen him in a stable, they can never be sure where he will appear or to what lengths he will go or to what ludicrous depths of self-humiliation he will descend in his wild pursuit of man . . .

–Frederick Buechner
The Hungering Dark

The ultimate surprise

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The Cross is the greatest
surprise in human history.
None of the religions
of the world could even have
thought of such a thing.

–John Ensor

Never what you expect

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God is never what Pharaoh, Ahab, and Herod expect. There is a shocking, almost comic quality about the annunciations one finds in Scripture. Angels announce to shepherds standing in a field of sheep dung the birth of a king clothed in rags. A figure clad in white announces to John of the Apocalypse the majestic Lion of the Tribe of Judah, but when he turns to look there’s only a slain and bloody lamb (Rev. 5:5,6). In biblical experience, what you see isn’t necessarily what you get. This is the mystery of God as Deus absconditus.

–Belden C. Lane
The Solace of Fierce Landscapes

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