My Grade 3-7 Sunday School class is working on the Lord’s Prayer. The passage these past few weeks has been “Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.”
This morning I found a few blades of grass springing up in my flower beds (OK, there’s no flowers there yet, but maybe soon!). I tried to grab this intruding evil and pull it straight out. No go! The blades broke and the root will inevitably arise again.
Then I looked at the patch of grass that was busily flourishing just a few feet away. I took the next shoot and pulled towards that patch. The roots were dislodged and came up quite easily.
Sometimes just knowing where the evil arises from lets us pull out the roots without too much trouble.