Daily reading: 16 January
Something to read
No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar, but on the lampstand so that those who enter may see the light... Therefore, consider whether the light in you is not darkness.
- Luke 11:33-36.
Something to think about
In CS Lewis’ ‘Screwtape Letters’, the master demon instructs his disciple to separate the unsuspecting Christian soul from God slowly by feeding the subject’s apathy.
If the trainee demon moves too dramatically, the subject will awaken to the distraction from the path of faith. If the movement is subtle and slow, a ‘dim uneasiness’ will lead to the subject spending time in empty pursuits away from prayer, unnoticed, until finally ‘anything or nothing is sufficient to attract his wandering attention.’
Apathy is a slow, creeping darkness. The light in us will be dark if we do nothing in the face of a world we believe cannot be brought back into the light of God.
All good intentions in such a state of mind will sooner or later dissipate and be transmuted by and into apathy. Christian Aid is founded on a living faith in God, and in his loving relationship with us, believing that poverty can be eradicated and a broken world can return to wholeness, despite all that stands in the way.
This is light, which no darkness can overcome.
Something to pray
God of life, inspire in me a heart for action.
Teach me and guide me to reach out to the poor and suffering ones in my life, in my society and across all borders of place, nationality, social programming, race and creed.
Help me to believe in the creative potential of change and show me my place in the transformative power of your gracious plan.
Father Tim Ardouin is Church in Wales priest-in-charge in North Gower. He is a founder and director of the School of Christian Mysticism, a trustee for St Madoc Centre and Archbishop’s Officer for Interfaith Dialogue.
Published on 16 January 2021