Thursday, October 21, 2010

This reminded me of Lisa's e-mail yesterday and our faroff country and longing ultimately leading us to Jesus, of course :)

"In speaking of this desire for our own faroff country, which we find in ourselves even now, I feel a certain shyness. I am almost committing an indecency. I am trying to rip open the inconsolable secret in each one of you—the secret which hurts so much that you take your revenge on it by calling it names like Nostalgia and Romanticism and Adolescence; the secret also which pierces with such sweetness that when, in very intimate conversation, the mention of it becomes imminent, we grow awkward and affect to laugh at ourselves; the secret we cannot hide and cannot tell, though we desire to do both. We cannot tell it because it is a desire for something that has never actually appeared in our experience. We cannot hide it because our experience is constantly suggesting it, and we betray ourselves like lovers at the mention of a name. Our commonest expedient is to call it beauty and behave as if that had settled the matter."

"The books or the music in which we thought the beauty was located will betray us if we trust to them; it was not in them, it only came through them, and what came through them was longing. These things—the beauty, the memory of our own past—are good images of what we really desire; but if they are mistaken for the thing itself they turn into dumb idols, breaking the hearts of their worshippers. For they are not the thing itself; they are only the scent of a flower we have not found, the echo of a tune we have not heard, news from a country we have never yet visited."

C.s. Lewis (of course ☺ )

Love you all!


  1. Love the last paragraph especially. thanks for the reminder that what we really LONG for is Him, more of the reality of His presence in our lives. Everything in our life that moves us, that brings us a sense of the Divine longing, are mere glimpses of what He has in store for us. Help us to STOP long enough to recogize the beauty in the gifts He gives us everyday.Ultimately keeping our eyes on the GIVER and not the gifts. "In His PRESENCE there is fullness of JOY'.