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A Longing for Heaven
January 2, 2020
Thought for Today
“In speaking of this desire for our own faroff country [or heaven, or our ultimate existence with God] ... I feel a certain shyness....
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.... Our commonest expedient is to call it beauty and behave as if that had settled the matter.
[Poet William] Wordsworth’s expedient was to identify it with certain moments in his own past. But all this is a cheat. If Wordsworth had gone back to those moments in the past, he would not have found the thing itself, but only the reminder of it; what he remembered would turn out to be itself a remembering. 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 pas -- 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, from “The Weight of Glory”
Quote for Today
“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”
Mother Basilea Schlink’s Attitude for Today
"Do good to those who hate you. And God will pour out his love upon you."
Mother Basilea Schlink
Proverb for Today
“Arrogance will bring your downfall, but if you are humble, you will be respected.”
Word from Scripture for Today
"I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain."