Sunday, April 8, 2012

Drip, Drip, Drip

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“This earthly life, even for church-goers, is a mere shadow land, but soon we will live resurrected in the bright glory of reality.  The Last Battle, the final volume of C.S. Lewis’s Narnia chronicles, pictures the end of time. Aslan-the lion who represents Jesus-has returned, folding all of culture and humanity into his kingdom. In the novel’s last pages, he tells Lucy, a child from London, that everyone she knew back in Blighty is dead and raised to new life. 

And as Aslan spoke, writes Lewis, ‘the things that began to happen…were so great and beautiful that I cannot write them.  And for us this is the end of all the stories, and we can most truly say that they all lived happily ever after. But for them it was only the beginning of the real story. All their life in this world and all of their adventure in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story, which no one on earth has read: which goes on forever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.’ 

On Easter, we glimpse the beginning of Chapter One.”

Lauren F. Winner, Girl Meets God p. 193-194