Near the end of Philip Dick's strange and wonderful book, The Divine Invasion, Linda Fox, the Advocate (for Herb Asher and for many others) says,
"In a little while things will be all right. It (the fallen Belial or Satan) came out of its cage and it is going back." He (Herb Asher) said, "What if we lose?" "I can see ahead," Linda said. "We will win. We have already won. We have always already won, from the beginning, from before creation. What do you take in your coffee? I forget."
Matthew Harris, our son the biologist, and astutely able to classify groups was the one who informed me: He said, "Philip Dick has got to be an Episcopalian." It turns out that is true.
Dick, the writer of science fiction, became an Episcopalian as an adult and Bishop Pike officiated at his wedding. He also wrote "The Transmigration of Timothy Archer" a fictional portrayal of Bishop Pike.
The little passage just quoted reminds me very much of what Archbishop Tutu said in 1982 about apartheid, "we've already won, but they don't know it yet." Of course, for the moment the struggle continues, but always with hope. And, yet it is wonderful to know that the Advocate, the comforter, may not actually remember just how we want our coffee. It turns out the big picture is the big picture, and the little the little.