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Reference to "inns" alng life's journey

Reference to "inns" alng life's journey

Postby runnr101 » 13 Jun 2006, 19:43

Someone referenced a Lewis quote to me that talked about life's journey being rocky, hilly and difficult, but that we got to stop at inns along the way. We couldn't stay at the inns, but they were pleasant stops during our journey. Can anyone give me a source for this quote? I'd like to read more about it. Thanks, Bill
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re: Reference to "inns" alng life's journey

Postby Sven » 13 Jun 2006, 19:55

Welcome, Bill!

C. S. Lewis wrote:The Christian doctrine of suffering explains, I believe, a very curious fact about the world we live in. The settled happiness and security which we all desire, God witholds from us by the very nature of the world: but joy, pleasure, and merriment, He has scattered broadcast. We are never safe, but we have plenty of fun, and some ecstasy. It is not hard to see why. The security we crave would teach us to rest our hearts in this world and oppose an obstacle to our return to God: a few moments of happy love, a landscape, a symphony, a merry meeting with our freinds, a bathe or a football match, have no such tendency. Our Father refreshes us on the journey with some pleasant inns, but will not encourage us to mistake them for home.

The Problem of Pain, the chapter titled 'Human Pain, continued'

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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