Monday, September 21, 2009

Excerpt: The Magician's Nephew" by CS Lewis

"... In the story, a young boy named Digory has a mother that is sick. He finds himself in a land containing magical fruit with healing powers. Digory approaches the great lion Aslan, and asks...

'May I - please, will you give me some magic fruit of this country to make Mother well?'
He had been desperately hoping that the Lion would say 'Yes'; he had been horribly afraid it might say 'No.' But he was taken aback when it did neither.

Later in the story, Digory approaches Aslan again.

He thought of his Mother, and he thought of the great hopes he had, and how they were all dying away, and a lump came in his throat and tears in his eyes, and he blurted out:
'But please, please won't you - can't you give me something that will cure Mother?' Up till then he had been looking at the Lion's great feet and the huge claws on them; now, in despair, he looked up at its face. What he was surprised him as much as anything in his whole life.
For the tawny face was bent down near his own and (wonder of wonders) great shining tears stood in the Lion's eyes. They were such big, bright tears compared with Digory's own that for a moment he felt as if the Lion must really be sorrier about his Mother than he was himself.'

What a powerful picture of a Heavenly Father who hurts with us."

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