I wait all year for Door County summers:
for the beauty and the warmth,
and for times on the back porch, talking with friends about things that matter, while the waves lap against the shore.
as blessed as I am, and I know I am,
none of these things truly satisfy.
This is why:
short but pithy closing chapters of
Book 3 of Mere Christianity:
words that penetrate my heart and help me live in a world,
though echoing of Eden,
is still, as Lewis says, “enemy territory.”
We’ve had so much joy, but each day is always also dampened by disappointment: sickness, bee stings, jealousy and fighting among the children, 3 trips to Urgent Care in July alone, continual noise and mess, and a storm that bashed our new raft upon the rocks.
These are all such small trials compared to what Lewis’ listeners were enduring in World War II, yet they seep into each new day, like the drip, drip, drip of a leaky faucet.
These messages on hope and faith
are stand alone radio addresses given in World War II,
so jump in even if you have not been here before!
1. What stands out to you from the above and why?
2. What echo of Eden have you experienced this week?
3. Read or listen to the following and share what stands out to you and why.
Tuesday: Reflections on Hope
4. Lewis contends that those who have their eyes fixed on the next world are of the most use in this world. How does Hebrews 11 support this? How have you seen this?
5. Lewis says, because we were made for another world, not even the best marriage, the best vacation, or the best job can truly satisfy. There are three ways of dealing with this truth.
A. What is the Fool’s Way?
B. What is the disillusioned man’s way?
C. What is the Christian way?
6. What does Lewis say about the symbols God uses for heaven? (For those who were with us when we studied Isaiah’s view of heaven — how do you see heaven?)
Wednesday: Faith — Chapter 11.
7. Read or listen to chapter 11 of Book 3 and comment:
8. On the one hand, faith does not seem hard, when the evidence is so great. Yet Lewis says there is a battle between faith and reason on one side and emotion and imagination on the other. What examples stand out to you from the ones he gave and why?
9. How do you see this happening in your heart when you are tried by trials or when God’s will seems hard?
Thursday: Faith – Chapter 12.
10. Read or listen to the following and share what stands out to you and why.
11. Do you feel, as Lewis asks, that you have reached the point where you truly realize you can do nothing apart from God?
12. How do you explain the relationship between faith and works using Ephesians 2:8-9?
Friday/Saturday: Reflections on Book 3 on Christian Behavior
13. In a year, what do you think you will remember from Lewis’ lectures on Christian behavior?
On a personal note, I am sorry for the frustration of tech troubles last week. Our great website company worked all day yesterday and it is fixed. Hurrah for David and his team — and thank you to all who pray and give to help me afford this blog. You are a joy and an encouragement, not just to one another, and to many silent bloggers, including many women who were once in prison and are endeavoring to stay set free, but also, you are a real encouragement to me!