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"Cause every perfect now and then, I caught a glimpse of Aslan's mane, and I longed for his treasure."
Bech has actually never read this series. This makes me really really sad. But we are remedying that. We just started to read The Voyage of the Dawn Treader last night. And it reminded me of how much I love the other books, not that I forget it that often. If you know me, you probably learned pretty quickly of my love for all things C.S. Lewis.
So I thought I would do a run through of my favorite quotes from the books. I won't give away any plot (or at least I'll try not to), in case you haven't read them all yet. But if you haven't--YOU NEED TO! Start today. Oh and read them in the RIGHT order:
“'They say Aslan is on the move - perhaps has already landed.'
And now a very curious thing happened. None of the children knew who Aslan was any more than you do; but the moment the Beaver had spoken these words everyone felt quite different. Perhaps it has sometimes happened to you in a dream that someone says something which you don't understand but in the dream it feels as if it had some enormous meaning - either a terrifying one which turns the whole dream into a nightmare or else a lovely meaning too lovely to put into words, which makes the dream so beautiful that you remember it all your life and are always wishing you could get into that dream again. It was like that now. At the name of Aslan each one of the children felt something jump in its inside. Edmund felt a sensation of mysterious horror. Peter felt suddenly brave and adventurous. Susan felt as if some delicious smell or some delightful strain of music had just floated by her. And Lucy got the feeling you have when you wake up in the morning and realize that it is the beginning of the holidays or the beginning of summer."
"Course he isn't safe. But he's good. He's the King, I tell you."
"'You come of the Lord Adam and the Lady Eve,' said Aslan. 'And that is both honour enough to erect the head of the poorest beggar, and shame enough to bow the shoulders of the greatest emperor in earth.'"
"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 for many days. And it was the most delicious food they had ever tasted.
'Please, Lamb,' said Lucy, 'is this the way to Aslan's country?'
“Not for you,” said the Lamb. “For you the door into Aslan's country is from your own world.'
'What!' said Edmund. 'Is there a way into Aslan's country from our world too?'
'There is a way into my country from all the worlds,' said the Lamb; but as he spoke his snowy white flushed into tawny gold and his size changed and he was Aslan himself, towering above them and scattering light from his mane.
'Oh, Aslan,' said Lucy. 'Will you tell us how to get into your country from our world?'
'I shall be telling you all the time,' said Aslan. '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…'”
“'It isn't Narnia, you know,' sobbed Lucy. 'It's you. We shan't meet you there. And how can we live, never meeting you?'
'But you shall meet me, dear one,' said Aslan.
'Are are you there too, Sir?' said Edmund.
'I am,' said Aslan. 'But there I have another name. You must learn to know me by that name. This was the very reason why you were brought to Narnia, that by knowing me here for a little, you may know me better there.'”
“'Do you eat girls?' she said.
'I have swallowed up girls and boys, women and men, kings and emperors, cities and realms,' said the Lion. It didn't say this as if it were boasting, nor as if it were sorry, nor as if it were angry. It just said it.
'I daren't come and drink,' said Jill.
'Then you will die of thirst,' said the Lion.
'Oh dear!' said Jill, coming another step nearer. 'I suppose I must go and look for another stream
'There is no other stream,' said the Lion."
“'One word, Ma'am,” he said, coming back from the fire; limping, because of the pain. "One word. All you've been saying is quite right, I shouldn't wonder. I'm a chap who always liked to know the worst and then put the best face I can on it. So I won't deny any of what you said. But there's one thing more to be said, even so. Suppose we have only dreamed, or made up, all those things – trees and grass and sun and moon and stars and Aslan himself. Suppose we have. Then all I can say is that, in that case, the made-up things seem a good deal more important than the real ones. Suppose this black pit of a kingdom of yours is the only world. Well, it strikes me as a pretty poor one. And that's a funny thing, when you come to think of it. We're just babies making up a game, if you're right. But four babies playing a game can make a playworld which licks your real world hollow. That's why I'm going to stand by the play-world. I'm on Aslan's side even if there isn't any Aslan to lead it. I'm going to live as like a Narnian as I can even if there isn't any Narnia.'”
"'I was the lion who forced you to join with Aravis. I was the cat who comforted you among the houses of the dead. I was the lion who drove the jackals from you while you slept. I was the lion who gave the Horses the new strength of fear for the last mile so that you should reach King Lune in time. And I was the lion you do not remember who pushed the boat in which you lay, a child near death, so that it came to shore where a man sat, wakeful at midnight, to receive you.'
'Then it was you who wounded Aravis?'
'It was I.'
'But what for?'
'Child,' said the Voice, 'I am telling you your story, not hers. I tell no one any story but his own.'"
“'The term is over: the holidays have begun. The dream is ended: this is the morning.'
And as He spoke He no longer looked to them like a lion; but the things that began to happen after that were so great and beautiful that I cannot write them. And for us this is the end of all stories, and we can most truly say they all lived happily ever after. But for them it was only the beginning of the real story. All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on for ever: in which every chapter is better than the one before."
I hope I haven't ruined any of the books, but I don't think knowing every detail could even ruin the books. If you haven't read them, I really hope you do. You will love them...
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1. Do you acknowledge yourselves to be sinners in the sight of God, justly deserving His displeasure, and without hope save in [i.e., except for] His sovereign mercy?
2. Do you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of God, and Savior of sinners, and do you receive and rest upon Him alone for salvation as He is offered in the gospel?
3. Do you now resolve and promise, in humble reliance upon the grace of the Holy Spirit, that you will endeavor to live as becomes the followers of Christ?
4. Do you promise to support the Church in its worship and work to the best of your ability?
5. Do you submit yourselves to the government and discipline of the Church, and promise to study its purity and peace?
I personally think those vows are beautiful. I love how the first step is just simply to acknowledge your position, that we are sinners with no other hope. Then we acknowledge where our hope solely comes from. One of my favorite things is how this vow is based on the universal Church, and not the specific church. Obviously, you are then involved and a part of, and even under the leadership of, that specific church. But it is more about becoming a part of the universal Church.
There are so many things about the church we are going to now that we really like. But we have decided not to join this church. We have a few reasons. The first is that we are really struggling with giving up our PCA membership. We are actually still members of Christ Presbyterian in Oxford. We loved (and still love) that church. We didn't join a church in Malawi, and then we didn't join First Presbyterian (we would have, but then I got into UVM and decided not to). Part of it is sentimentality, and there is also a personal reason.
The second reason is that there is talk of a PCA church plant in Burlington starting next year. If that happens, we really want to be a part of that. I know it will be small, but I love church plants. We would still want to be involved some with the young adults at the church we are visiting now, but we really do love the PCA and want to be a part of its ministries.
Anyway, I know this is all probably pretty boring to most readers. But church involvement and ministry is something Bech and I constantly are talking and thinking about. So I thought I would share a little of our thought process. Plus, I enjoyed getting to read over our membership questions!