Daily Archives: April 15, 2021

Evening Prayer: April 15th

Almighty and Loving God, we have traveled through mountains and valleys, and we have proclaimed the wonders you have done for us. Quiet our hearts so that our minds can also hear you. Grant us another night of rest. May the prayer of Jesus give us the wisdom to know better how to live. With thankful hearts we rest this night. In the name of Christ, our redeemer. Amen

From “The Problem of Pain” by C.S. Lewis

Scripture and tradition habitually put the joys of Heaven into the scale against the sufferings of earth, and no solution of the problem of pain which does not do so can be called a Christian one. We are very shy nowadays of even mentioning Heaven. We are afraid of the jeer about “pie in the sky,” and of being told that we are trying to “escape” from the duty of making a happy world here and now into dreams of a happy world elsewhere. But either there is “pie in the sky” or there is not. If there is not, then Christianity is false, for this doctrine is woven into its whole fabric. If there is, then this truth, like any other, must be faced, whether it is useful at political meetings or no. Again, we are afraid that Heaven is a bribe, and that if we make it our goal we shall no longer be disinterested. It is not so. Heaven offers nothing that a mercenary should can desire. It is safe to tell the pure in heart that they shall see God, for only the pure in heart want to. There are rewards that do not sully motives. A man’s love for a woman is not mercenary because he wants to marry her, nor his love for poetry mercenary because he wants to read it, nor his love of exercise less disinterested because he wants to run and leap and walk. Love, by definition, seeks to enjoy its object.

The Problem of Pain, C.S. Lewis

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