Featured image art by Arute (@ast05water)
Her Majesty, Queen Anna of Arendelle,
It was with great trepidation and awestruck humility that I accepted the task of advising you regarding your peculiar spiritual problem. I must confess that I originally thought that our mutual contact was playing the cruellest of jests. Never before have I received such a request from a heathen – even one so cultured and philanthropic – and certainly not on behalf of a monarch! The Lord truly works in mysterious ways.
It is clear from your own letter that you are a woman of deep charity and great virtue, and the truest of friends to her who had once been your enemy. The capacity for such forgiveness is more enviable than all the riches in the world. To have endured such persecution, betrayal and even danger at the hands of this woman, only to elevate her to high office and come to me so passionately on her behalf demonstrates a wholeness of spirit rarely seen in this time. Yet this only deepens my unhappiness regarding what I must say next.
In principle, your Uncle is right of course. Demons flee before the authority of our Lord, and the effectual fervent prayer of the righteous availeth much. But it is that righteousness that is the true hindrance here.
Based on your very detailed exposition upon the character of your Prime Minister and beloved friend, this Viola has much to atone for before spiritual arms can be taken up against this ancestral foe – one to whom she had, as I understand it, pledged herself in the past. As much as you tried to cover her faults, she appears to be vain, cruel and to have impenitently committed crimes in the name of this demon – hardly the type to surrender herself to any sort of spiritual discipline, much less the thorough contrition that the Gospel demands.
Simply put – unless Viola determines to repent of her ways, she cannot be delivered once and for all. For if said spirit is cast aside but Viola remains the same, the fate of the delivered impenitent is spoken of in the Book of Matthew, wherein it is said that the unclean spirit wandereth for a time, then returneth with seven other spirits more wicked than himself.
I am grieved at having to give you such news, but I can speak only the truth in this matter. If, against all odds, the Countess is willing to lay her all at the foot of the cross, I will board the first ship to Europe immediately. But I assume that she would not and will not – and might even consider such a suggestion insulting.
Please inform me if I am proven wrong, and the situation changes. Otherwise, I will pray for the best.
Peace be unto thee and thy kingdom,
And love with faith,
From God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ,
Until the daybreak and the shadows flee away.
I have the honour to be, Madam,
Your Majesty’s most humble and obedient servant,
The Right Reverend Waylon Abernathy,
Second Advent Meeting House
#117 Chesterfield Court,