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from 1970’s edition of A Wrinkle in Time

Part 2:2 WHAT IS SALVATION

Lesson 234

Father, Today I Am Your Son Again.

  1. Today we will anticipate the time when dreams of sin and guilt are gone, and we have reached the holy peace we never left.  Merely a tiny instant has elapsed between eternity and timelessness.  So brief the interval there was no lapse in continuity, nor break in thoughts which are forever unified as one.  Nothing has ever happened to disturb the peace of God, the Father and the Son.  This we accept as wholly true today.
  2. We thank You, Father, that we cannot lose the memory of You and of Your Love.  We recognize our safety and give thanks for all the gifts You have bestowed on us, for all the loving help we have received, for Your eternal patience, and the Word which You have given us that we are saved.

Madeleine L’Engle’s Wrinkle in Time came to my mind as I read today’s lesson. An excellent little book – it did not appear in my life until I had children of my own, but oh how we loved it.  It captured our imaginations and led to many in-depth discussions about the adventures, the snares, and the pitfalls one can experience in time.  The everyday imagery of awkward Meg Murry, her strange little brother Charles Wallace, and red-headed, freckled friend Calvin traveling through time to recover Dr. Murry from the evil forces holding him captive on a dark planet expanded our consciousness beyond our poverty and fatherlessness.  A well-worn, much-loved paperback copy in my library survived me, my children, and now my grandsons.

The reverse of the tesseract, say, a wrinkle in eternity, is how I have come to view time.  Time is only a tuck, a wrinkle, a crinkle in God’s eternity, to be smoothed out and gone forever when the Sons of God put down their dreams of death, destruction, and despair for good.  Happy dances across my mind!  A song in my heart!   

Meg understood the insinuations and rumors, but she knew her father.  He would never abandon the family or take off with another woman.  He would not make himself scarce.   She would always remember his great love and devotion to her mother and his children.  Because of Holy Spirit, God’s Voice, inside of each of us, we, too, can never lose the memory of our Father and His love and devotion for us.  We are safe in time – this wrinkle of eternity.  Even as we dream of specialness and separation, we are saved.  God will never forsake us.