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Where is this quote from?

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Where is this quote from?

Postby tngirly » 08 Jul 2009, 14:32

I have seen this quote but no citations- can anyone tell me where it is from? It is attributed to CS LEwis and I like it but I want to be sure I have the right source!

"We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be
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Re: Where is this quote from?

Postby mgton » 08 Jul 2009, 17:53

I'm not sure, but my guess would be the chapter of The Problem of Pain entitled "The Goodness of God."
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Re: Where is this quote from?

Postby Sven » 08 Jul 2009, 21:02

Welcome, tngirly!

Actually, the quote is from one of his letters, written to the Reverend Peter Bide on April 29th, 1959. Bide was the Anglican priest who did a 'laying on of hands' healing for Joy Lewis in 1957, and he was also the one who performed the religious wedding of Jack and Joy Lewis (they had earlier had a civil wedding). In 1959 Bide's wife was diagnosed with cancer, and he wrote Jack Lewis to ask him to pray for her. The quote comes from Lewis' response. Oddly, the letter is not in the new three volume C. S. Lewis Collected Letters edited by Walter Hooper, but is in the old (1966) one volume Letters of C. S. Lewis, edited by Warnie Lewis.

C. S. Lewis wrote: Indeed, indeed we both will. I don't see how any degree of faith can exclude the dismay, since Christ's faith did not save Him from dismay in Gethsemane. We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us: we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.

Letters of C. S. Lewis


Hope this helps.
Rat! he found breath to whisper, shaking. Are you afraid?
Afraid? murmured the Rat, his eyes shining with unutterable love.
Afraid! Of Him? O, never, never! And yet -- and yet -- O, Mole, I am afraid!
Then the two animals, crouching to the earth, bowed their heads and did worship.
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Re: Where is this quote from?

Postby tngirly » 09 Jul 2009, 00:19

thank you SO MUCH! that is extremely helpful!
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Re: Where is this quote from?

Postby Adam Linton » 11 Jul 2009, 18:17

Sven wrote:Oddly, the letter is not in the new three volume C. S. Lewis Collected Letters edited by Walter Hooper, but is in the old (1966) one volume Letters of C. S. Lewis, edited by Warnie Lewis.


An odd exclusion, indeed, from the new set. Glad that I have both.
we have not loosely through silence permitted things to pass away as in a dream
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Re: Where is this quote from?

Postby Paul F. Ford » 23 Jul 2009, 21:45

Not an exclusion but just an accidental omission. There are a few, as I discovered when I prepared Yours, Jack.

But this is one I did not know. Thanks, Sven!
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