the pace now quickens

Choose my instruction instead of silver,
knowledge rather than choice gold…

Provers 8:10

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
1 Timothy 1:7

(St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland / Julie Cook / 2015)

Anxious, hurried and apprehensive they race along with nervous urgency
as the pace to the journey suddenly quickens.
The moment has drawn nigh and there is no more time to tarry.
The waiting and watching is over.
The benign prosaic observation is no longer available for causal inspection–
As the air is now heavy with the seriousness of what is soon to take place.

The collision of two opposing forces is eminent.
They had seen it foretold in the star.
Only a few will truly understand the overwhelming magnitude of what is to transpire…
For gravity is laced within the expectation.
Two cosmic energies will collide with such tremendous force that the powerful reverberations will spiral outward, affecting all generations across the chasm of time…

There will be a time for joy to be had…as well as heartfelt offerings, homage and gifts.
The time for merrymaking will be at hand as the celebration and toasting will commence.
Yet the excited announcement of these glad tidings brings with it both joy and heavy consequence…

There will be a time of thankfulness, reverence and tenderness
as Hopefulness joyously arrives.
All the while as radiant Light fiercely pierces the blackened veil.
Yet there will also be lingering repercussions for each and everyone,
as the Prince of Darkness will no longer rest,
not while the baby slumbers sweetly unaware.

So hurry on we all must go with urgency in each and every step.
We travel far and wide this day in haste to meet a King.
Yet with this yearly marking of such a grand and festive event,
as mankind is blindly busy making merry within the merriment,
young and old are naively unaware that Time is almost spent.

So sing your glad tidings this grand and hopeful December day…
hurry your way to the manger bare laying down your peace and praise,
for unto you is born this day a child, a Savior and a King
Yet mindful we must all remain…
for there is one who chooses curses rather than to sing

For he waits in the shadows knowing his time is drawing nigh…
as he plots and he schemes for a “A voice was heard in Ramah
of painful crying and deep sadness:
Rachel crying for her children.
She refused to be comforted,
because her children are dead.”

Jeremiah 31:15

For within the innocence of our heartfelt joy lies a fight for every soul…
as the pace for Mankind’s salvation has quickened as one is now born to carry our load.

“an angel of the Lord came to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up! Take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt, because Herod is starting to look for the child so he can kill him. Stay in Egypt until I tell you to return.”
Matthew 2:13

18 comments on “the pace now quickens

  1. Lynda says:

    Julie, much gratitude for your persistence in giving your readers food for thought every day! On this day when we anticipate the birth of our Lord, may you experience much joy and peace. Prayers for a wonderful Christmas celebration! God bless you and your family.

  2. atimetoshare says:

    Unto us a child is born. Merry Christmas!

  3. Mary says:


  4. David says:

    For me this post reminded me of the uniqueness of Jesus. Other religions may have their prophets, but none entered our world in the way that Jesus did, or were recognised from the moment of their birth. What you have written transports me there Julie, and brings an understanding of what it must have felt like to have travelled from fields or further away to see Jesus. Thank you.

    • Thank you for your kind words David–as I started to put a post together I’ve been really aware this Advent / Christmas season, as we all busy ourselves with the hustle and bustle of the holiday, the merrymaking, the buying, the wrapping, the cooking, the traveling…plus as the faithful busy themselves with the lighting of candles, the caroling, the worshiping and praising …that not only are we to be joyful proclaiming the birth of a baby who is our King…but there is an ominous component…as the prince of darkness is not stopping to give pause or imbibe in the festiveness of the season—rather He is even more active… just as we take note on Monday, as that day marks the remembrance of the slaughter of the Innocents…as evil follows Christ’s birth—that we too are to be vigilant as the battle continues to rage and grows ever more fierce—that we are to not only rejoice but we are to gird ourselves in His Righteousness —claiming ourselves as indeed His and prepare ourselves to stand watch–ever ready–never baking down in proclaiming His majesty….
      an odd paradox to be sure at such a time of wonder and awe, but one I have been keenly made aware of as of late—-
      I do pray that you and your entire family David have a most joyous day tomorrow—I will be thinking of you, keeping you in my heart and pray God’s blessings to be upon you my sea salt friend—-hugs across the salty pond—

      • David says:

        Christmas greetings and blessings to you and your family too Julie. I think your weather is as unusual as ours – our friends in Atlanta have some flooding in the lower section of their home. Here the house is rather full. The girls are doing a jigsaw in the dining room, while the boys plus Beth are watching a movie. Somehow we have to get everyone moving and out of the house by 09.45 tomorrow to get to church to celebrate our Saviour’s birth.

      • the weather in a nutshell—epically awful—I need an ark rather than a manger—Brenton and Abby’s carport flooded but thankfully they kept it out of the house—our yard is like a sponge of standing water—I’ve never seen it like this—not even in the Spring when this is more typical—I told someone earlier that with the rains, the flooding, the tornados, the lighting along with the birth of a Savior, I don’t know, it’s all a bit prophetic to me 🙂
        Looks to remain this wet through next week—
        Off to Dad’s tomorrow—might have to use the boat 🙂
        Enjoy your content brood—
        Mine will be here soon for supper—
        all my love….

      • David says:

        Safe journeys Julie. We have alternate days of wet/windy and reasonably calm. Fields are flooded locally, but up in the northwest (Cumbria) they have had significant problems.

  5. Stunning and beautiful, words crafted to ” bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things,” the profound mystery of Immanuel, “God With Us.” I plan to share!
    Merry Christmas!

  6. Reblogged this on my soul tells… and commented:
    There is an ancient plan of the mystery, hidden for ages in God, revealed long ago that holy night. A rising Sun of Righteousness shines; the Light is joy dawning eternal! Though fierce our foe; the darkness will not overcome this Light. This Light is the one true Light which gives Light and Life for all who believe. “The true Light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.”

    This post is reblogged:

  7. What can I say?! Your other commenters said it all. Not only have you not slowed down with these stellar post, but now you are also gaining momentum. You have a date with destiny my friend. Love and hugs, N 🙂 ❤

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