So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
- Isaiah 41:10
“If we are 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 might break our bodies (a microbe can do that) but they need not dominate our minds.”
- C. S. Lewis, On Living in an Atomic Age
This is a short, unscheduled note to bring back a C. S. Lewis quote. Lewis was trying to quell the fears over nuclear holocaust. He said that a tiny microbe could kill us, so why fear nuclear destruction?
Now we have the tiny microbe and some of the suggestions that Lewis makes in the quote are off limits, as we must avoid large crowds, but even then, we can work from home – if allowed and appropriate. Playing tennis is okay, even doubles. Chatting with friends is permitted over the phone, but the darts may have to wait a bit.
Let’s not get stir crazy. Let’s reinvent our thinking and press on, sharing God’s Love, and not the world’s Fear.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.