Patricia Hofer

Christ’s larger, stronger, quieter life.

In MERE CHRISTIANITY, C.S Lewis writes that the real challenge of Christian life “comes the very moment you wake up each morning.” He continues: “All your wishes and hopes for the day rush at you like wild animals. And the first job each morning consists simply in shoving them all back; in listening to that other voice, taking that other point of view, letting that other larger, stronger, quieter life come flowing in. And so on, all day. Standing back from all your natural fussings and frettings; coming in out of the wind.” … The spiritual hunger that we all have is not for the righteousness that wins God’s love and blessing but for the righteousness that is God’s love and blessing, the living Christ. And only as we stand back from all of our desires for a separate self-existence does the Saviour—”Christ, the Son of the living God”—come into our lives. He lives in us and we live in him, and who we are in him not only changes the way we approach everything we do but delivers our souls from an isolated and empty self-existence. We are never alone inside ourselves again. (see Power of Yielding, “Spiritual Hunger”)

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