Friday, July 28, 2006

Lewis' Lucid Locution

Again, such nourishing comments. Melissa shared this tremendous quote by C.S. Lewis from The Four Loves:

To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will
certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping
it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it
carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock
it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket —
safe, dark, motionless, airless — it will change. It will not be broken; it will
become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. The alternative to tragedy, or
at least to the risk of tragedy, is damnation. The only place outside of Heaven
where you can be perfectly safe from all the dangers and perturbations of love
is Hell.

I am constantly flabbergasted at Lewis' word-wizardry. Thank you God, for your servant C.S. Lewis. Help me to gaze only briefly at his artistry, then walk away, and do what he says.


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Blogger derek said...

This is a great quote. I like it b/c it kind of forces me to realize that i have a choice to make; whether to give/receive love or to be lost forever.

It reminds me of 1 John 4:8-11. God is described as being love, and how that love was manifested (Jesus died for us), and how that demands the same response from us toward others. Wow.

Blessings Chris. May your prayer to love not only in words, but in actions and in truth (1 John 3:18) be all Christian's prayer.

I remember one man encouraging his readers to pray that "above all else, Lord, make me a man who loves." Amen.

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