Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Living in the Present- Thoughts from Book Club

I believe I have mentioned before that I am in charge of our new book club for Relief Society.
We have had two meetings so far. We reviewed "Island of the Blue Dolphins" by Scott O'Dell in April and reviewed "A Wrinkle in Time" by Madeleine L'Engle this month.
Next week is our next meeting, the one I've been waiting for the most! I picked "The Screwtape Letters" by C.S. Lewis. My father recommended this book to me as a teenager and it instantly became my favorite book. For those of you who aren't familiar with it, it is about a senior devil, Screwtape, writing letters to his nephew. He is giving him support and advice on how to secure his patient to "Our Father Below" (the devil) and to steer him away from "the Enemy" (God).
I haven't read it in years, so I am re-reading it right now. I hope I do a good enough job retaining information and taking down notes, so that I can lead a good discussion. I highly recommend reading it.

I just read this in one of the letters:

"In a word, the Future is, of all things, the thing least like eternity. It is the most completely temporal part of time- for the Past is frozen and no longer flows, and the Present is all lit up with eternal rays."

It makes me think of when Scott tells me to "just enjoy it". Meaning to enjoy whatever stage of life we are in now. Whether it's watching a movie together, agonizing over a stage that Pixie's going through, or trying to fit our lives into this tiny house. Screwtape says that the present is most like eternity, and therefore, he advises his nephew to encourage his patient to look towards and worry about the future.
I recently was talking to Grandma Maridee I think when I came out with surprising words of wisdom. I said "prepare for the future, but live in the now". I'm not tooting my own horn, but I think I became quote worthy there!
We spent a few days up at the lake over the Holiday (pictures to follow!) and Scott wrote me a sweet letter one morning. He had gotten up and started the campfire with the dogs, while Pixie and I still slept. His letter was full of joy and happiness for the future with us. He has really changed my outlook on life and has brought so much love and joy into my life.
I wouldn't trade my family for all the riches in the world!


Shari@aPsychMommy said...

I haven't read the Screwtape Letters before, but I think I'll add it to my list of summer reads--your husband sounds so sweet to write you that letter!

She's in the kitchen! said...

Awww....that is so sweet....*sniff*..