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An Exercise in Screwtaping

“But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.” Luke 2: 19

Wormwood, you have won my displeasure.

I have had report that TWICE this week your patient pored over photo albums in teary-eyed reminiscence of her child! I need hardly remind you that a mother’s love is second only to the Enemy’s love! Worse than priests in a cathedral. Moses on the mount! Temple worship!!

Do NOT let her dwell there again, my amateur friend.

There are plenty of ways to minimize the disgusting affections that exist between mother and child. Stir up impatience and selfish agendas. Diminish sleep and increase social demands. Do what you must until our next correspondence. Meanwhile, consider WHY memory is dangerous? And how we can use it to our advantage? More about this next week.

What in the name of satire—? Confused by the devilish tone? Intrigued by the irony? This post is part of a Screwtaping series. Check out the full story (and more Tempts) here.

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Jenny Harris
Jenny is a star-gazing, book-clubbing mother of two. She has a Master’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies, which is mildly comical (but also a boon in parenting and relationships). Her kids will attest that she’s crazy about reading aloud, time out of doors, and creative play. Her family’s goal is the “abundant life,” as prescribed by Jesus. You can read more posts by Jenny here.

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