C. S. Lewis' character of pen and ink, Screwtape, the imaginary mentor-uncle, offers the
following counsel to newbie demon, Wormwood. "Let the little brute wallow in it. Let
him, if he has any bent that way, write a book about it; that is often an excellent way of
sterilizing the seeds of Nemy plants in a human soul. Let him do anything but act. No
amount of piety in his imagination and affections will harm us if we can keep it out of his
will. As one of the humans has said, active habits are strengthened by repetition but
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For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.