7.01.2009

Quotes to Ponder...

An ode to C.S. Lewis.
- Style of post inspire by Ashes.
Photos found here: [link] -


Take a moment.
Take a breath.
And take this in.

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Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires, not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea.
We are far too easily pleased.


There are two kinds of people:
those who say to God, "Thy will be done,"
and those to whom God says, "All right, then, have it your way."


This year, or this month, or, more likely, this very day, we have failed to practice ourselves the kind of behaviour we expect from other people.


At present we are on the outside of the world, the wrong side of the door. We discern the freshness and purity of the morning, but they do not make us fresh and pure. We cannot mingle with the splendours we see. But all the leaves of the New Testament are rustling with the rumour that it will not always be so. Some day, God willing, we shall get in.


God will look to every soul like its first love because He is its first love.


This is the terrible fix we are in. If the universe is not governed by an absolute goodness, then all our efforts are in the long run hopeless. But if it is, then we are making ourselves enemies to that goodness every day, and are not in the least likely to do any better tomorrow, and so our case is hopeless again....God is the only comfort, He is also the supreme terror: the thing we most need and the thing we most want to hide from.


We are told that Christ was killed for us, that His death has washed out our sins, and that by dying He has disabled death itself. That is the formula. That is Christianity. That is what has to be believed. Any theories we build up as to how Christ's death did all this are, in my view, quite secondary: mere plans or diagrams to be left alone if they do not help us, and, if they do help us, not to be confused with the thing itself.


Now is our chance to choose the right side.
God is holding back to give us that chance.
It won't last forever. We must take it or leave it.


I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen.
Not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.

2 comments:

Ashley Goes Vintage said...

Absolutely precious. I love those shots. They Evoke something greater

kaleigh said...

woah. woah. woah. woah. woah.

i LOVED that post. i just checked out four c.s. lewis books from the library. yay!

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