Part 7: Chapter 4 – Day 6: Awakening to the Wonder and Mystery Weaving Time and People Together

Welcome to Day 6 of Chapter 4 from Arise & Shine’s Part 7. Today, Bettie is bringing forward our sixth free will offering of The Hidden Manna in Christ Revealed. We invite you to read an excerpt from Bettie and then to join her over at her blog to read her whole(-hearted) offering.

The Stillness of the first Snow

ushers in the Pause,

The Pause of Advent,

When waiting hovers all around

And Mystery calls out to me.

And the Ancient Words

flutter down through time,

words we memorize as children

become so familiar

that we miss the meaning

lose the mystery.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.’”

Luke 2:8-11 NIV

I wonder how dark the night was as they watched their sheep. The darkness seems very deep around my soul, around the souls of many that I love right now. 

Who is keeping watch? 

Who is guarding the sheep this night? 

I have a feeling that no amount of training could have prepared them for the explosion of mystery that rang around them and brought them to their knees on THAT NIGHT. 

Who was watching the sheep then?

And where was BRAVE when the sky fell down around them?

My heart is heavy

for those who watch the sky falling

and find their faces on the ground.

My heart is heavy

From the overshadowing

glory falling all around

Answers to my desperate cries for mercy.

My heart now beats akin with shepherds

The angel’s first words make so much more sense to me now. Unless the sky has fallen around you, you cannot feel the weight of those words:

“Do not be afraid”

And unless you have felt the weight being lifted off your shoulders as the Mystery of God Coming to Earth envelops you, you cannot see the beauty:

Grace in a Shepherd, Mercy for the sheep.

Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

John 10:7, 9-10

As my husband trusted his Good Shepherd’s leading and took an early retirement last month, I too have heard my Great Shepherd’s asking for my bowing down. Here in this place of mystery, we both have heard His call yet again.

Throughout this past year as I’ve shared Our Story, I’ve seen the parallels between then and now. Coincidence? Hardly. Our Shepherd knows the need of His sheep so much better than we know ourselves.

Only He could have … come join Bettie over at to read to the end.


  1. Dear Anna, as I was reading here today, and came to the place where you linked, it hit me afresh of yet more mysteries of God’s timing. Only He could have seen where the chapter of this book fell together with the final chapter of my posting. The hidden manna of our Saviour, Jesus, is such a precious gift. Thank you so much for inviting me along to listen to the heart of Jesus on this journey, dear friend. Love and hugs across the miles.


    1. He is so stunning in His weavings, isn’t He?! Just so incredible. Thank you so much also for listening to God’s call and joining me in this adventure. Oh how blessed I am by His gift of life ever flowing from the throne room to us all. I have come to know Jesus more deeply through you. Love you xoxo

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