This quotation has been on my mind and heart this week. I love the imagery, from C. S. Lewis’s sermon, The Weight of Glory, incidentally preached at the University Church here in Oxford, where I performed in a chamber orchestra concert a few weeks ago.
In this Thanksgiving season, some of the blessings for which I am the most thankful include the exemplary men and women in my life who have willingly chosen to join in on my Father’s great spell-weaving process. I am so thankful for those who have helped me to see how easily I can be captivated by the things of this world. Often these things do not look so bad. In fact, their very promise of pleasantness is typically what makes them so powerful. Too easily I am induced to slumber by the comfort of the mundane. Lord, awaken my heart; keep me alert and on guard; fill me with Your passion for those who remain under the enchantment.
In His High Priestly Prayer, Jesus articulated His desire that we might have His joy fulfilled in us. What a marvelous thought! His joy surpasses any that this world can offer. I want to keep my mind and my heart set on Him this week.