C.S. Lewis – TO MARY WILLIS SHELBURNE: On how to rehearse for death and how to diminish fear.

C.S. Lewis Daily TO MARY WILLIS SHELBURNE: On how to rehearse for death and how to diminish fear. 17 June 1963 Pain is terrible, but surely you need not have fear as well? Can you not see death as the friend and deliverer? It means stripping off that body which is tormenting you: like taking off a hair- shirt or getting out of a dungeon. What is there to be afraid of? You have long attempted (and none of us does more) a Christian life. Continue Reading

C.S. Lewis – On God

C.S. Lewis Daily On God As a great Christian writer (George MacDonald) pointed out, every father is pleased at the baby’s first attempt to walk: no father would be satisfied with anything less than a firm, free, manly walk in a grown-up son. In the same way, he said, “God is easy to please, but hard to satisfy.” I think every one who has some vague belief in God, until he becomes a Christian, has the idea of an exam or of a bargain in Continue Reading

C.S. Lewis – From The Last Battle

C.S. Lewis Daily [A] long valley opened ahead and great snow-mountains, now much nearer, stood up against the sky. “Further up and further in,” cried Jewel and instantly they were off again. They were out of Narnia now and up into the Western Wild which neither Tirian nor Peter nor even the Eagle had ever seen before. But the Lord Digory and the Lady Polly had. “Do you remember? Do you remember?” they said—and said it in steady voices too, Continue Reading

C.S. Lewis: to describe our spiritual longings

C.S. Lewis Daily When I attempted . . . . to describe our spiritual longings, I was omitting one of their most curious characteristics. We usually notice it just as the moment of vision dies away, as the music ends, or as the land- scape loses the celestial light. . . . . For a few minutes we have had the illusion of belonging to that world. Now we wake to find that it is no such thing. We have been mere spectators. Beauty has smiled, but not Continue Reading

C.S. Lewis: On Freedom (and predestination)

C.S. Lewis Daily On Freedom (and predestination) Heaven will solve our problems, but not, I think, by showing us subtle reconciliations between all our apparently contradictory notions. The notions will all be knocked from under our feet. We shall see that there never was any problem. From A Grief Observed - Bible Gateway.Com Continue Reading

C.S. Lewis: TO MRS. RAY GARRETT: On the real program of the spiritual life—living in the present moment.

C.S. Lewis Daily TO MRS. RAY GARRETT: On the real program of the spiritual life—living in the present moment. 12 September 1960 The whole lesson of my life has been that no ‘methods of stimulation’ are of any lasting use. They are indeed like drugs—a stronger dose is needed each time and soon no possible dose is effective. We must not bother about thrills at all. Do the present duty—bear the present pain—enjoy the present pleasure—and Continue Reading

C.S. Lewis – On feeling

C.S. Lewis Daily On feeling And of course the presence of God is not the same as the sense of the presence of God. The latter may be due to imagination; the former may be attended with no “sensible consolation.” The Father was not really absent from the Son when He said “Why hast thou forsaken me?” You see God Himself, as man, submitted to man’s sense of being abandoned. The real parallel on the natural level is one which seems odd for a Continue Reading

C.S. Lewis – Your place in heaven will seem to be made for you and you alone, because you were made for it—made for it stitch by stitch as a glove is made for a hand.

C.S. Lewis Daily This signature on each soul may be a product of heredity and environment, but that only means that heredity and environment are among the instruments whereby God creates a soul. I am considering not how, but why, He makes each soul unique. If He had no use for all these differences, I do not see why He should have created more souls than one. Be sure that the ins and outs of your individuality are no mystery to Him; and one Continue Reading

C.S. Lewis – TO PETER BIDE, On grief.

C.S. Lewis Daily TO PETER BIDE, whose wife had died on 17 September: On grief. 20 September 1960 My dear Peter I have just come in from saying my morning prayers in the wood, including as always one for ‘Peter and Margy and Joy and me’, and found your letter. I hope they are allowed to meet and help one another. You and I at any rate can. I shall be here on Wednesday next. If you could let me have a card mentioning the probable time Continue Reading

C.S. Lewis – From The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

C.S. Lewis Daily But between them and the foot of the sky there was something so white on the green grass that even with their eagles’ eyes they could hardly look at it. They came on and saw that it was a Lamb. “Come and have breakfast,” said the Lamb in its sweet milky voice. Then they noticed for the first time that there was a fire lit on the grass and fish roasting on it. They sat down and ate the fish, hungry now for the first time Continue Reading