From the Old Testament reading at Morning Prayer:
Now the serpent was more crafty than any other wild animal that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, ‘Did God say, “You shall not eat from any tree in the garden”?’
(Genesis, chapter 3, verse 1, NRSV)
The serpent trials the classic techniques:
– Tell half the truth and let human minds turn it into a lie
– Make it a question, so you can claim “I never said … I only asked”
– Foster doubt and confusion
How well we have learned his lesson.
This glass is what remains of a window almost destroyed by bombing during WWII, in Waltham Abbey parish church.