Have you ever read the story of the magical place Narnia? Maybe you have even seen the film. Today, we remember C.S. Lewis, the author and storyteller who invited us into this magical world through his writing.
What I love about the stories I remember hearing as a child is that in Narnia we are able to journey with the characters in their hope to achieve and reach a liberating love.
For me, I was reminded of the hope and love that was given to us by Jesus. A love that forgives, that is sacrificial, liberates and strengthens our hope and faith as we make our way through the journey. And after each journey into the wardrobe, the characters would have to return back to their reality. Not everyone understood what they had experienced in the wardrobe, but, for them, it was something that changed their lives!
The gospel appointed for the Lesser Feast of C. S. Lewis comes from the Gospel of John and is one that tends to be heard on Trinity Sunday. Jesus tells his disciples that they will be led by the Spirit that will guide them to a newer and deeper understanding of the world around them; a newer and deeper understanding of their faith.
Individually (using construction paper) or as a class (using a tri-fold board or poster board), create your own wardrobe. You can even have the doors open and close by folding the paper into thirds! Inside of your wardrobe draw a picture of where God’s hope and love has been in our lives. You may also choose to illustrate people who have been influential on your own spiritual journey.
Prayer for C.S. Lewis
O God of searching truth and surpassing beauty, we give you thanks for Clive Staples Lewis, whose sanctified imagination lights fires of faith in young and old alike; Surprise us also with your joy and draw us into that new and abundant life which is ours in Christ Jesus, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
How might the Spirit be leading us?
Where have we heard God guiding us on our journeys?
What does our journey look like?
Who have you met along your spiritual journey that has influenced your life?
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