To forgive the incessant provocations of daily life – to keep on forgiving the bossy mother-in-law, the bullying husband, the nagging wife, the selfish daughter, the deceitful son – how can we do it? Only, I think, by remembering where we stand, by meaning our words when we say in our prayers each night,”Forgive our trespasses as we forgive those that trespass against us.” We are offered forgiveness on no other terms. To refuse it is to refuse God’s mercy for ourselves. There is no hint of exceptions and God means what he says.
~CS Lewis, The Weight of Glory
O Father, thou art All-in-all, perfect beyond the longing of thy children, and we are altogether thine. Thou wilt make us pure and loving and free. We shall stand fearless in thy presence, infinite in the love of each other, because perfect in thy love. Lord Jesus, let the heart of a child be given to us, that so we may arise from the grave of our dead selves and die no more, but see face to face the God of the living.
~George MacDonald, Unspoken Sermons
The Thunder had ceased, I think, the moment the still light came. There was great silence when the god spoke to me. And as there was no anger (what men call anger) in his face, so there was none in his voice. It was unmoved and sweet; like a bird singing on the branch above a hanged man.
“Now Psyche goes out in exile. Now she must hunger and thirst and tread hard roads. Those against whom I cannot fight must do their will upon her. You, woman, shall know yourself and your work. You also shall be Psyche.”
The voice and the light both ended together as if one knife had cut them short. Then, in the silence, I heard again the noise out of the weeping.
~CS Lewis, Till We Have Faces
This blog has one simple purpose: to serve as a sort of scrapbook and spiritual place to collect, reflect, think out and remember the things I learn and discover on my journey. I began this year with the words “You also shall be Psyche” impressed in my brain, following a fresh reading of CS Lewis’s Till We Have Faces. And I knew the time had come to set out on a new journey, to see with a fresh perspective, and a new “handle,” not only on my blogging, but also on life itself.
I hope that the things that encourage me and give me strength and hope will inspire others as well, and that your journey will be blessed, guided. And I hope you find that God is a refuge and strength to you also, and a very present help amid the troubles, questions and challenges in this crazy ride we call “life.”