And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us . . . John 1:14
We love these words from C.S. Lewis:
The central miracle asserted by Christians is the Incarnation. They say that God became Man. Every other miracle prepares for this, or exhibits this, or results from this. . . .
In the Christian story God descends to re-ascend. He comes down; down from the heights of absolute being into time and space, down into humanity . . . down to the very roots and sea-bed of the Nature He has created.
But He goes down to come up again and bring the ruined world up with Him. One has the picture of a strong man stooping lower and lower to get himself underneath some great complicated burden. He must stoop in order to lift, he must almost disappear under the load before he incredibly straightens his back and marches off with the whole mass swaying on his shoulders. C.S. Lewis
Stooping in order to lift. That’s pretty amazing.
Betsy and Laurie
Aslan, The Greatest Lion (Photo credit: peasap)
1. “But every year you grow, you will find me bigger.”
2. “If you had felt yourself sufficient, it would have been a proof that you were not…”
3. “You would not have called to me unless I had been calling to you,”
4. “Narnia, Narnia, Narnia, awake. Love. Think. Speak. Be walking trees. Be talking beasts. Be divine waters.”
5. “There is no other stream,”
6. “My country was made for noble hearts such as yours.”
7. “But I will not tell you how long or short the way will be; only that it lies across a river. But do not fear that, for I am the great Bridge Builder.”
8. “Things never happen the same way twice, dear one.”
9. “Dearest daughter, I knew you would not be long in coming to me. Joy shall be yours.”
10. “Are you not thirsty?”
From The Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis
Do you have other favorites?
Betsy and Laurie
We are lonesome animals. We spend our life trying to be less lonesome. One of our ancient methods is to tell a story begging the listener to say – and to feel -“Yes, that’s the way it is, or at least the way I feel it.” You’re not as alone as you thought. John Steinbeck
We read to know we are not alone. C.S.Lewis
In the middle of our families and communities we can feel alone. Stories are the way we move from loneliness to connection. Through story we can find a connection with each other, with our larger community, with our ancestors and our past. Maybe we can even find our place in God’s story.
This is true for the one who reads or hears the story – is it also true for the writer or the teller of the story?
Betsy and Laurie
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“You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.”
“To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.”
“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.”
“What draws people to be friends is that they see the same truth. They share it.”
“The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us.”
“Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives”
“Though our feelings come and go, God’s love for us does not.”
“Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person’s ultimate good as far as it can be obtained”
“Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.”
“Courage is not simply one of the virtues , but the form of every virtue at the testing point.”
“Do not let us mistake necessary evils for good.
“Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.”
“Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.”
“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: What! You too? I thought I was the only one.”
“It’s so much easier to pray for a bore than to go and see one.”
“The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.”
“The trouble about trying to make yourself stupider than you really are is that you very often succeed.”
“Every poem can be considered in two ways–as what the poet has to say, and as a thing which he makes.”
“If we discover a desire within us that nothing in this world can satisfy. . .perhaps we were created for another world.”
I didn’t know THAT!
We read to know we are not alone. C.S. Lewis
Reading is about connection. Therefore writing is about creating that connection. Whatever world we enter, whatever the setting or the character, the connection comes on the inside when I find my own feelings and story on the pages of a book. Can I write from the perspective of a man? A person of different ethnicity? A cat? The details of our lives will be different but the emotions that we experience are universal. I learned once that there are only two emotions: Love and Fear. All others flow from these two. We are all more alike than we think. Reading allows us to enter the world of another and often to find ourselves there in the story. God uses story to allow us to connect with Him. I’ve seen my story in the story of Peter who walked on water only to get distracted and fall. I’ve been in a far away land and decided to come back to the Father like the son in the parable. I’ve been too busy like Martha. I can relate to many people in the pages of the Bible and when I read carefully I can find my own story there. The best books allow us to connect and grow in our understanding of ourselves. Have you ever found your own feelings and story on the pages of a book? Laurie and Betsy
“Who hasn’t had encounters with dogs, or who hasn’t experienced the strangeness of the human world. When we hear stories of others it reminds us of our own story.”
The Cat Diaries: Betsy Byars, Betsy Duffey, Laurie Myers
Photo credit: Laurie featuring Samson