Trembling joy

Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
In light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
Most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
Almighty, victorious, Thy great name we praise.

(Hymn Imortal, Ivisible
Welsh Melody 1839 John Roberts / Lyrics Walter C. Smith 1876

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(Birth of Jesus, Francesco di Giorgio Martini 1460)

So far we have been reminded that we have entered a new season.
A season of waiting and watching.

And somehow, somewhere within our trepidation of the arrival of this unknown,
we sense that as we wait and watch, we are to remain hopeful…
Because curiously we are inwardly reassured that what we are waiting for
and watching for…
is good.

And not only is it to be good,
it is to be actually grand.
As in life changing, world altering…
GRAND.

And almost within the same breath of waiting and watching,
we are reminded that what we wait for and watch for
is actually something quite intimate.
Something dear and something even tenderly precious.

Perplexed we wonder, how can this trepidation, which is so full of anticipation
and perceived to be not only good but Grand,
how can it be sweetly intimate, tender and close…?

So many good Christians are dumbfounded or tremble in fear when something of Christ’s
future is told to them.

As Christoph Blumhardt notes in his essay The Wise Men’s Star…

If we would only look forward to the Last Day with a trembling joy, as the Savior said:
“When these things begin to take place,
stand up and lift up your heads because your redemption
is drawing near (Luke 21:28)

But now, when people hear of it, they are afraid and shake and tremble.
They fail to rejoice in the reality that redemption is drawing near.

And so we are left to we wait,
and watch…
Watching and waiting for a most intimate moment…
Yet we are now told to be ready…
Ready to rejoice…
While at the same time, being filled with
trembling joy…

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your king is coming to you; He is just and endowed with salvation,
Humble, and mounted on a donkey, Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

Zachariah 9:9

12 comments on “Trembling joy

  1. David says:

    That hymn is one of my all time favourites Julie. I like the new songs but they don’t write them like this anymore! I also like the concept of trembling joy – joy is so often absent in church these days. As is trembling.

  2. atimetoshare.me says:

    I LOVE THAT HYMN ALSO. TIME OF WAITING IS NOT ONLY TRYING AT TIMES, BUT HOLDS SO MUCH EXCITEMENT AS WELL. MAY GOD HOLD TIGHTLY TO US AS WE AWAIT HIS ARRIVAL. IMMORTAL, INVISIBLE!

  3. atimetoshare.me says:

    I’m back in Minnesota, but so enjoyed my time in Greenville. We got to see a few sites and ate at some good places. I love the town as well, but it’s good to be home.

  4. davidkitz says:

    I am refreshed in hope for what is coming is Jesus

  5. I should have known that as Christmas approaced you’d start putting up some splendid stuff and you have not disappointed. šŸ™‚ ā¤

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