Seeing all the posts about a dear friend and sister to many reminds me of something I recently read in Timothy Kellers book Prodigal God. For what its worth: “C.S. Lewis was part of a famous circle of friends called the Inklings, which included J.R.R. Tolkien, the author of The Lord of the Rings, and also the author Charles Williams, who died unexpectedly.” C.S. Lewis’ quote is a reflection on the results of the loss of his friend Charles Williams. “In each of my friends there is something that only some other friend can fully bring out. By myself I am not large enough to call the whole man into activity; I want other lights than my own to show all his facets. Now that Charles is dead, I shall never again see Ronald’s [Tolkien’s] reaction to a specifically Charles joke. Far from having more of Ronald, having him “to myself” now that Charles is away, I have less of Ronald…In this, Friendship exhibits a glorious “nearness by resemblance” to heaven itself where the very multitude of the blessed (which no man can number) increases the fruition which each of us has of God. For every soul, seeing Him in her own way, doubtless communicates that unique vision to all the rest. That, says an old author, is why the Seraphim in Isaiah’s vision are crying “Holy, Holy, Holy” to one another (Isaiah 6:3). The more we thus share the Heavenly Bread between us, the more we shall have.” Keller sums it up: “Lewis is saying that it took a community to know an individual. How much more would this be true of Jesus Christ?” Hope you all find comfort and peace. There is a community going before the throne on your behalf.
Posted on: Sat, 26 Apr 2014 18:27:16 +0000
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