Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Remembering C. S. Lewis



C. S. Lewis
1898-1968

We are warned that it may happen to any one of us to appear at last before the face of God and hear only the appalling words, “I never knew you. Depart from Me.” In some sense, as dark to the intellect as it is unendurable to the feelings, we can be both banished from the presence of Him who is present everywhere and erased from the knowledge of Him who knows all. We can be left utterly and absolutely outside---repelled, exiled, estranged, finally and unspeakable ignored. On the other hand, we can be called in, welcomed, received, acknowledged. We walk every day on the razor edge between these two incredible possibilities. Apparently, then, our lifelong nostalgia, our longing to be reunited with something in the universe from which we now feel cut off, to be on the inside of some door which we have always seen from the outside, is no mere neurotic fancy, but the truest index of our real situation. And to be at last summoned inside would be both glory and honour beyond all our merits and also the healing of that old ache.

from The Weight of Glory

1 comment:

Carol in Oregon said...

That is a breath taking quote, Janie. Thank you. I wonder if the dear professor had a clue how much he would influence the world.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family. I hope your time together is full of bountiful laughter.