Monthly Archives: May 2015
The days following a funeral can be difficult. For some people they can be surreal. Events that happen on any other day are not even noticed. But on the day of the funeral, they become signs. A robin lands in a tree, a butterfly lights on the gravestone, a flock of geese flies overhead. Suddenly someone is trying to tell us something.
On more than one occasion someone has told me they actually see the deceased again. It was just for a fleeting moment and they could not explain it. They thought they saw them, they blinked, and the person was gone. Continue reading
Sir Henry Willink was, among many things, one time Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, serving from 1948 to 1966. Though he served for many years in politics, he admitted his time at Magdalene was his happiest.
Willink married Cynthia Francis Fletcher on December 11, 1923, and they had two sons and two daughters. Near the close of 1959, Cynthia passed away. Perhaps realizing his own wife would pass away in less than a year, in a letter dated December 3, and with a reference to John Gibson Lockhart’s Memoirs of the Life of Sir Walter Scott, Lewis expresses his sympathies, Continue reading
Remember playing a game of looking for some hidden item? The person who knew where the item was would utter one of two phrases: “You’re getting colder” or “You’re getting hotter.” You might find the item immediately but more than likely it would take some time. “You are cold. You are getting warmer, warmer, warmer . . . you are hot!” There it is!
Could you have found the item without the help of another? Probably not. But did the other person find the item or did you? You did. But even though you found it you can’t really take any credit. Continue reading
It happens at every special occasion. You are standing in line about to meet the bride and groom or perhaps to shake the hand of the grieving widow. What to say? As you inch forward, you hear the people ahead of you saying all the things you want to say. “Congratulations,” “I wish you well,” I’m so sorry,” “My deepest condolences.” Some people sound sincere, others sound like they are parroting the person ahead of them.
Suddenly their hand is in yours. You look at them and say it and something happens. The look in your eyes, the tremble in your voice; something sets apart your words from all the others. Continue reading
Children are taught, and rightly so, not to pull the tails of pets. Not only can the child get hurt but it’s just cruel to pull an animal’s tail.
So what happens? Continue reading
Mary Van Deusen lived in New York State and was a long time correspondent with C. S. Lewis. Her first letter to him is dated August 9, 1949. Her last letter was on November 16, 1963, six days before Lewis passed away on the 22nd.
In April 1959, she wrote asking Lewis to comment on some people and ideas. Because we only have his response, her questions remain unknown. His note back to her is brief and to the point, Continue reading
When it comes to stories about suffering, few can surpass the story of Job. He wakes up one morning with everything he had yesterday; children, health, land, cattle, and servants. Hours later all are gone.
Perhaps the most often quoted verse in the entire 42 chapters of the book is the latter half of 1:21, “The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.” While a great verse, there is a lot more to the book of Job then one half of one verse. Continue reading
It had been a while since they heard from him. It was understandable. You can’t find time to write and even when you do, often other things are more pressing. Come to find out, he had been ill for a few days but nothing serious.
In January 1940, C. S. Lewis received an overdue note from his brother, Warnie, and was pleased to hear from him. Others in the home had a slightly different reaction. Continue reading
You remember the first day? The day you received the syllabus, the team uniform, first day on the job, the proposal. It was new and exciting. But it was also intimidating. Read how many books? Play against those teams? Learn that computer program? Till death do us part? Now I’m not so sure.
But you get through the first day, and the first week, and month, and year. The books are read, the season is over, the program has been upgraded, it’s your tenth wedding anniversary.
None of it was easy but all of it is done.
In his book Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewis touches on something said by Jesus that is both the desire of every heart while at the same time an impossibility for every human being. He explains, Continue reading
The real estate agent defined the term this way, “Turn Key means the property is ready to move in. As I said before, that is relative. Your ready to move in could be different than someone else’s. Always inspect before you buy.”
So it’s ready to move in, but not done. I’ll be content, but not satisfied. Got it. Continue reading