Jesus was a teacher and storyteller. The book of Matthew records numerous stories. While speaking to a crowd he told the parable of the sower who encountered different types of soil. (Matthew 13) Speaking to his disciples he told the story of the lost sheep (Matthew 18). There are many more parables throughout the gospels. Jesus would sometimes answer a question with a story.
I just finished reading Once Upon a Wardrobe by Patti Callahan. The fictional characters, George and Megs, are exploring the importance of stories. George has read The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe and wants to know if Narnia is real. Megs is a student at Oxford and finds an opportunity to meet C.S. Lewis. She plans to ask him George’s question.
The question is repeated different ways; where do stories come from? What do they mean? Is there a deep truth embedded in stories?
Patti has a well-researched knowledge of C.S. Lewis and includes biographical aspects of his life. At the end of the book C.S. Lewis’ stepson comments on the book. It is a good read.
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Could they be just really real?
Aslan, Trumpkin, all the rest?
Is vision that my heart doth feel
the passing of God-given test
to set aside the temporal,
to see at last beyond the veil
the mingle-matter of eternal
in what seems a childrens’ tale?
The folk that people my home street,
so secular and full of care,
have not substance of whom I meet
when Clive Staples takes me there
upon the magic turning pages
that outweigh earth’s Godless sages.
A mind free to think will imagine, reason, and then decide to act. R L Brown
CS Lewis said that imagination is key to reason. But your mind must be clear, lucid, looking beyond instant gratification to see a reasonable danger. Reason trains the mind; imagination helps you see beyond what you know. Reason will test, decipher, and separate subtleties that snare. You are ready to think -to act beyond just yourself.
I did a study of C S Lewis with Hillsdale College. This is a brief synopsis of my research.
I am your neighbor today with FMF. Rhonda
Thank-you for your insights, Rhonda!
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