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This Too Shall Pass

I remember so many days, waking up before the sun and racing to catch a few hours of sleep before it set and rose again. Days where I wished the world would just slow down.

Then, all of a sudden it did.

This virus now probes human frailty, looking for lives to prey upon and lives to steal away, and we all sit and wait and pray. We do not need the shocking news article narrating some far off disaster or tragedy to remind us that this world is broken. It is here and now as it has always been, threatening to steal away our loved ones or at the very least, dim that childish thought that this world is pure. How do we navigate, knowing that sin takes any form, even a virus?

Perhaps we can begin to mine our way through this homebound solidarity by discovering what essential parts of life truly last through pandemics that rage on a lost world. We may find what essential aspects of our daily walk stand the test of unpredictable, unavoidable change.

While our outward lives have stopped, the chief end of mankind, the ultimate end of humanity, is still in play. The responsibility is the same: to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. How easy it is for a change in pattern to change the pattern of my heart.

How easy it is for a change in pattern to change the pattern of my heart.

This quote has been going around a lot recently, but I first heard it in a sermon last Sunday. The words written by C. S. Lewis so many years ago are powerful and convicting, striking an accord in the hearts of Christians. What is more powerful is the existence of this quote with its pressing implication that these times have happened before. This virus, this sin, has threatened this world before, taking other forms of fear and confusion. This world has seen chaos before and will see it again and again until our Lord returns. This quote screams our purpose and whispers the promise, “This too shall pass.”

“We must resolutely train ourselves to feel that the survival of Man on this Earth, much more of our own nation or culture or class, is not worth having unless it can be had by honourable and merciful means.

The sacrifice is not so great as it seems. Nothing is more likely to destroy a species or a nation than a determination to survive at all costs. Those who care for something else more than civilization are the only people by whom civilization is at all likely to be preserved. Those who want Heaven most have served Earth best. Those who love Man less than God do most for Man.” - C. S. Lewis excerpt from “On Living in an Atomic Age”

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