The Screwtape Letters, by C.S. Lewis– letter 28

What’s the worst thing that could happen to me? What’s the worst thing that might happen to someone we love in time of war? In Chapter 28 Screwtape gives us a different perspective on ‘life and death’, a dispassionate perspective that is embedded outside of time. Chapter 28 can be downloaded here:

Screwtape’s advice to Wormwood is based on the premise that, ultimately, eternity is all that matters. In his mind, whatever happens in the present, within space and time, is only of passing significance. Heaven or Hell is forever. From birth, death is a certainty and the shortness of a human life simply makes the job of the tempter more difficult. While a careful reading of scripture might not fully agree with Screwtape’s premise, his argument gives us pause to think.

For our consideration:

  1. What is really the worst thing that could happen to us today?
  2. What is your plan for perseverance in Christ, even through the mundane, even through challenges and stressful times?
  3. Who or what might assist you in the implementation of your plan to persevere in Christ?

For further reflection:

5:1    Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

Romans 5:1-5