Happy Sunday, ladies! I hope you have had a good weekend. We have spent time with our family, and that is always good in my book.
We’re headed to church this morning. There has been some talk that we may have to stop meeting together again because our Covid-19 numbers are rising.
I think we will find out more this week. We have to be careful, but I also know that I can’t live locked up in my house. I have no answer, but I am praying. Praying for us all.
I read this from CS Lewis this week, and I thought it was a good read. He was writing about living in the age of the atomic bomb but it can certainly apply to our situation today.
Here’s what he said in 1948 about the mental shift required by living with the threat of the atomic bomb:
“We think a great deal too much of the atomic bomb. “How are we to live in an atomic age?” I am tempted to reply: “Why, as you would have lived in the sixteenth century when the plague visited London almost every year, or as you would have lived in a Viking age when raiders from Scandinavia might land and cut your throat any night; or indeed, as you are already living in an age of cancer, an age of syphilis, an age of paralysis, an age of air raids, an age of railway accidents, an age of motor accidents.”
In other words, do not let us begin by exaggerating the novelty of our situation. Believe me, dear sir or madam, you and all whom you love were already sentenced to death before the atomic bomb was invented: and quite a high percentage of us were going to die in unpleasant ways.
We had, indeed, one very great advantage over our ancestors—anesthetics, but we have that still.
It is perfectly ridiculous to go about whimpering and drawing long faces because the scientists have added one more chance of painful and premature death to a world that already bristled with such chances and in which death itself was not a chance at all, but a certainty.
This is the first point to be made: and the first action to be taken is to pull ourselves together.
If we are all going to be destroyed by an atomic bomb, let that bomb when it comes find us doing sensible and human things—praying, working, teaching, reading, listening to music, bathing the children, playing tennis, chatting to our friends over a pint and a game of darts — not huddled together like frightened sheep and thinking about bombs.
They may break our bodies (a microbe can do that), but they need not dominate our minds.” — “On Living in an Atomic Age” (1948)
I love the last line, they may break our bodies, but they need not dominate our minds. Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus.
Have a blessed day!
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