Saturday, November 22, 2008

C.S. Lewis—Beyond the Shadowlands

On this day in 1963, the same day that President John F. Kennedy was shot, famed professor and author Clive Staples Lewis went home to be with the Lord. He had lost his wife, Joy Gresham, to cancer a few years earlier; then his own health began to fail, leading to his resignation from Cambridge three months before his death. A sad ending to a brilliant life? Yes, if that really is the end. However, Lewis revealed a belief in something beyond this world.

As a memorial we offer this quote from the conclusion to The Chronicles of Narnia:

Then Aslan turned to them and said:
"You do not yet look so happy as I mean you to be."
Lucy said, "We're so afraid of being sent away, Aslan. And you have sent us back into our own world so often."
"No fear of that," said Aslan. "Have you not guessed?"
Their hearts leaped and a wild hope rose within them.
"There was a real railway accident," said Aslan softly. "Your father and mother and all of you are - as you used to call it in the Shadowlands - dead. The term is over: the holidays have begun. The dream is ended: this is the morning."
(The Last Battle, New York: Harper Trophy, 2000. p. 210)

Good morning to C.S. Lewis!