Sunday Citation

“The settled happiness and security which we all desire, God withholds from us by the very nature of the world: but joy, pleasure, and the merriment, He has scattered broadcast. We are never safe, but we have plenty of fun, and some ecstacy. It is not hard to see why. The security we crave would teach us to rest our hearts in this world and oppose an obstacle to our return to God: a few moments of happy love, a landscape, a symphony, a merry meeting with our friends, a bathe, or a football match have no such tendency. Our Father refreshes us on the journey with some pleasant inns, but will not encourage us to mistake them for home.”

-C.S. Lewis in The Problem of Pain (1940), qtd. in Duriez’s The Gift of Friendship

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