Emily and I are all kinds of busy (with our friend Susan Isaacs) preparing a new feature-length film.
Initially called SEE ROCK CITY, we’ve just renamed the film SWEET & AWFUL…inspired by this hymn lyric by Isaac Watts:
How sweet and aweful is the place
With Christ within the doors,
While everlasting love displays
The choicest of her stores!
Here every bowel of our God
With soft compassion rolls;
Here peace and pardon bought with blood
Is food for dying souls.
While all our hearts and all our songs
Join to admire the feast,
Each of us cry, with thankful tongues,
“Lord, why was I a guest?
“Why was I made to hear Thy voice,
And enter while there’s room,
When thousands make a wretched choice,
And rather starve than come?”
’Twas the same love that spread the feast
That sweetly drew us in;
Else we had still refused to taste,
And perished in our sin.
Pity the nations, O our God!
Constrain the earth to come;
Send Thy victorious Word abroad,
And bring the strangers home.
We long to see Thy churches full,
That all the chosen race
May with one voice, and heart and soul,
Sing Thy redeeming grace.
This is an exuberantly hopeful song…all about a Christian congregation. To be sung together proudly…a celebration of all that is good and right and true about their church.
Of course, most of us have rarely if ever experienced such a place. The idyllic community this song describes is rare…if even true.
I was drawn to combination of words: SWEET and AWEFUL. Of course, “aweful” is the equivalent of “awesome” in modern English. But I like the idea that something awesome can also be awful…which is a big idea in the film.