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22/11/2013

A spiritual comment and prayer to begin the day with Frances Finn.

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Fri 22 Nov 2013 05:43
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Frances Finn

Good morning. Today the life of a great Christian thinker, and more famously a wonderful story teller, is remembered around the world. CS Lewis died 50 years ago, and his imaginative work is as alive now as it was then. Last month there was news that the Silver Chair will be made into a feature film, the fourth book in the Chronicles of Narnia series to be adapted for the big screen.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

As a theological student I was introduced to his writings about theology and reason. I was taken with this man who was a respected academic, and yet was willing to speak publicly about matters of faith and affairs of the heart. As a student I was nervous about being taken seriously as a thinker, while believing in what some called an imaginary friend. Lewis engaged his heart and brain, and in doing so connected others to God. He was gifted in making difficult concepts understandable.

But Lewis knew he could never prove Christianity through reason. And he knew that at the heart of it was love. Love which transcended the empiricism of the day. In his relationship with God and with people, love brought him both joy and pain. He found to his cost that to love requires vulnerability. It may lead to brokenness. He believed the only way of protecting ones heart is to wrap it up and avoid all entanglements. In his book “The Four Loves,” he says 

 “Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness... It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.”

Lord thank you for the life of CS Lewis. Let us dare to be vulnerable. Open our hearts in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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