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From CS Lewis – coming to God

Sometime in the spring (Trinity Sunday was May 22 that year, 1929) Lewis came to believe in God, though not yet in Christ:

You must picture me alone in that room in Magdalen, night after night, feeling, whenever my mind lifted even for a second from my work, the steady, unrelenting approach of Him of whom I so earnestly desired not to meet. That which I greatly feared had at last come upon me. In the Trinity Term of 1929 I gave in, and admitted that God was God, and knelt and prayed: perhaps, that night, the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England. I did not then see what is now the most shining and obvious thing; the Divine humility which will accept a convert even on such terms. The Prodigal Son at least walked home on his own feet. But who can duly adore that Love which will open the high gates to a prodigal who is brought in kicking, struggling, resentful, and darting his eyes in every direction for a chance of escape? The words compelle intrare, compel them to come in, have been so abused by wicked men that we shudder at them; but, properly understood, they plumb the depth of the Divine mercy. The hardness of God is kinder than the softness of men, and His compulsion is our liberation.

(Surprised by Joy, Chapter 14)


Nothing changes

C. S. Lewis said: “Isn’t in funny when you go from day to day nothing changes, but when you look back everything is different.”

I saw a pay phone on the weekend.  Not a fancy one – not in a glass booth that takes credit cards – just an old pay phone that you put money in to make a call.  Remember that?  This one is in our campground and sits quite exposed except for a wooden back and small ledge above it.

I remember when you dropped a dime in to make a call.

Now we carry little radios around with us – we pull out our cell phone or smart phone.  We dial a number and poof we’re connected.  Some even can do video chat!  Remember “The Jetson’s”…as kids we watched them do this and thought WOW isn’t that the future!  Seems like the future is now.

So what is it we dream about now that will be reality in the future?

Technology keeps moving forward.

But could we dream about kindness, fairness, honesty as our future?