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C.S. LewisI recommend a good yet all together too brief a biography of C. S. Lewis at Biography online:   C.S. Lewis Biography.

His literary output was large and has encouraged many a Christian, and probably led many a person, to, or back to Jesus Christ. In an especially lyrical passage in his Sermon, “The Weight of Glory”, he preached:

“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. Do you think I am trying to weave a spell? Perhaps I am; but remember your fairy tales. Spells are used for breaking enchantments as well as for inducing them. And you and I have need of the strongest spell that can be found to wake us from the evil enchantment of worldliness which has been laid upon us for nearly a hundred years.”

This evil enchantment of worldliness is with us still.  Mr. Lewis in his writings has helped many to break that enchantment that all of our life is in and for this world alone as God has given His Son alone to those alone. 

“Almost our whole education has been directed to silencing this shy, persistent, inner voice; almost all our modem philosophies have been devised to convince us that the good of man is to be found on this earth. And yet it is a remarkable thing that such philosophies of Progress or Creative Evolution themselves bear reluctant witness to the truth that our real goal is elsewhere.”

As we approach Advent and the Christ Mass (Christmas), our true home has come amongst us full of grace and truth.

When they want to convince you that earth is your home, notice how they set about it. They begin by trying to persuade you that earth can be made into heaven, thus giving a sop to your sense of exile in earth as it is.

When this is “it”, then idolatry abounds and it is abounding as ne’er before. The rage of our time bears witness to our idolatry.  We are in a moonless night and it makes no sense not to be used by the Christ.  He has placed into our hands the flashlights to shine the light of  His Word, to help each other home.  Come home for Christmas.

We give thanks to the Lord for calling Clive Staples Lewis into His Kingdom for teaching us again mere Christians the wealth of Jesus Christ.  

Almighty and everlasting God, You would have all to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. By Your almighty power and unsearchable wisdom break and hinder all the counsels of those who hate Your Word and who, by corrupt teaching, would destroy it. Enlighten them with the knowledge of Your glory that they may know the riches of Your heavenly grace and, in peace and righteousness, serve You, the only true God; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

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