Heaven has been described as:
"The regions where there is only life and therefore all that is not music is silence.” (The Screwtape Letters, Letter XXII, C. S. Lewis quoting George MacDonald)
In this satirical book by C. S. Lewis, Screwtape, the elder and experienced demon, expresses his strategy against the Enemy (God) in the battle for a man’s soul.
“Music and silence—how I detest them both!...no square inch of infernal space and no moment of infernal time has been surrendered to either of those abominable forces, but all has been occupied with Noise—Noise, the grand dynamism, the audible expression of all that is exultant, ruthless, and virile—Noise which alone defends us from silly qualms, despairing scruples, and impossible desires. We will make the whole universe a noise in the end.”
To fight the increasing noise and distraction in our world, and to relish a foretaste of Heaven, InSpero invites you to two offerings this coming week, Thy Love Inspires on Sunday, February 26 and our annual Lenten Retreat on Tuesday, February 28.
Giving Up Noise and Seeking Silence This Lent Season
Tuesday, February 28
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven...a time to keep silent and a time to speak. Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7
Join us for a time of quiet beauty and preparation for the Lent Season. This half-day retreat, for men and women, includes music, Scriptural meditation through a Lectio Divina, and a time for personal reflection in a beautiful setting. We will finish with small group interaction and discussion of how to use Lent as a time of creative offering. Tickets are limited and the $35 fee covers supplies, coffee, pastries, snacks and lunch. It will be held at the Wolnski Farm at 297 Lake Providence Drive, Leeds, AL 35094. Link here to purchase tickets.
We were stirred by Jonathan's discussion of territories vs. hierarchies as it relates to artists and writers. As a writer himself, he encourages creators to push past the tendency to compare and tend to their own journeys as creators.