This is part of a letter from C.S. Lewis to a man focused on the present state of the world and all of it’s uncertainties. Lewis was concerned that the man was too concerned, and therefore warned of the danger of being too aware of global worries and forgetting to help Christ in the people close at hand…
27 March 1948
Everywhere things are troubling and uneasy—wars and rumors of war: perhaps not the final hour but certainly times most evil. Nevertheless, the Apostle again and again bids us ‘Rejoice’ [Philippians 4:4].
I believe that the men of this age think too much about the state of nations and the situation of the world. We are not kings, and we are not senators. Let us beware lest, while we torture ourselves in vain about the state of Europe, we neglect either Verona or Oxford (the universities where they worked).
We are getting ready to occupy a building that is designed to serve a mission. The building is a tool in service of the mission. Our “Verona or Oxford” is a people not a place. This week we labored about staging, lighting, sound, chair placement, HVAC issues, paint colors and more. I call on myself and you, to join me in prayer for the people in the mobile homes next to the new building that don’t know Jesus or His love. They are our “Verona and Oxford” lest we forget.