{warfare week} a letter from Screwtape

Its 8:30, and today was a day FULL of Japanese — lesson, hanging with a friend, going to a dr’s appointment for Jones, studying — which means that my brain is mush. Complete and total mush. Since I’m not going to be able to bring much to the table tonight in terms of coherent thought, I will leave you with a quote from an amazing book on the matter of spiritual warfare.

My Dear Wormwood, I note with great displeasure that your patient has become a Christian. . . . There is no need to despair; hundreds of these adult converts have been reclaimed after a brief sojourn in the Enemy’s camp and are now with us. All the habits of the patient, both mental and bodily, are still in our favour. . . . One of our greatest allies at present is the Church itself. Do not misunderstand me. I do not mean the Church as we see her spread out through all time and space and rooted in eternity, terrible as an army with banners. That, I confess, is a spectacle which makes our boldest tempters uneasy. But fortunately it is quite invisible to these humans. (The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis)

Isn’t that picture of THE Church amazing? Doesn’t it ignite your heart to know that so many have fought and are fighting the good fight of faith? I love this quote — but it is also sobering, making me want to know what habits I have that give the enemy an open door to my life. Anger? Overeating? Pride? I should seek to be freed of these, as Christ’s blood has paid for them!

Any other thoughts, ideas, other quotes of interest? Wish I had more coherent thought tonight, as so much has been on my mind — sorry!

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