Tal’s troops are growing as more and more angels are called in by
, who are apparently praying a lot lately. Why is that capitalized? Remnant of what? It sounds like they’re refugees or something.We’re given five names (including the couple from the church scene, the Colemans) and told there’s “many more”.
“[…] they drop to their knees as easily as dropping a hat.”
Does that sentence sound incredibly wrong to anyone else out of context?
New angels are assigned to many of the people on Tal’s list in an effort to encourage them to come back to church and start praying. Which. If they’re not praying, where did Tal’s reinforcements come from? It said the prayers of the Remnant did this, do they not count as Remnant? Is it seriously just two couples and the rest are borderline? How does this work?
“And what about relatives, friends elsewhere?” Tal asked Scion.
“Plenty ‘o them are redeemed and ready for prayer.”
Wait, so, does prayer do nothing if you’re not a Christian? But apparently there’s levels of Christian: at the bottom is the potential Christian convert, then the Redeemed-but-not-Praying, then the Prayers, then the True Believers at the top perhaps?
“Shall I send emissaries to burden them?”
Tal shook his head. “I can’t let any warriors be gone for long. Instead, have messengers carry word to the watchcarers over these people’s towns and cities, and let the watchcarers see that these people are burdened with prayer for their loved ones here.”
At first I read “burdened with prayer from their loved ones”; I was wondering what’s so burdensome about being prayed over. But it’s the reverse: the burden is having to pray for people you care about’s wellbeing. What a heavy burden. I know saying words of love and caring on behalf of those I know are struggling is incredibly difficult and taxing.
That was sarcasm, by the way.
Hogan is praised by Tal for overthrowing Complacency, and more guards are put on him, trying to intimidate the enemy with sheer numbers. Despite the fact that they can’t actually smite anyone due to orders. What happens when the enemy realizes that and rushes Hogan anyway? Seems kind of silly.