The real difficulty is, isn’t it, to adapt ones steady beliefs about tribulation to this particular tribulation; for the particular, when it arrives, always seems so peculiarly intolerable. I find it helpful to keep it very particular–to stop thinking about the ruin of the world etc, for no one is going to to experience that, and to see it as each individual’s personal sufferings, which never can be more than those of one man, or more than one man, if he were very unlucky, might have suffered in peacetime. Do you get sudden lucid intervals? Islands of profound peace? I do: and though they don’t last, I think one brings something away from them.
~C.S. Lewis in a letter to Owen Barfield, June 2, 1940
For reflection on Isaiah 30:15