Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The Weight of Glory

This essay by C.S. Lewis talks about the glory that we are waiting to experience in heaven.  I really enjoyed reading this essay.  It made me think about the glory and power of God and how wonderful heaven will be.

A quote from the beginning was one that I especially liked.  “ Our Lord finds our desires, not too strong, but too weak.  We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea.  We are far two easily pleased.”  This is so true in our lives how we are so easily pleased with the material things of this world while something much greater is offered us.

Later on, Lewis talks about the promises of scripture that are divided into five heads.  These are told in order as follows: We shall be with Christ, we shall be like Christ, with an enormous wealth of imagery that we shall have “glory,” we shall be red or feasted or entertained, and finally that we shall have some sort of position in the universe.  Lewis also mentions how the first one is more indescribable than all the rest.  He writes that “  he who has God and everything else has no more than he who has God only.” 

Lewis finally talks about glory and how we long for it in heaven.  However, why doesn’t it feel like we strive for glory everyday making that our personal goal?  This is the question that my group asked when we came together in class.  I think that the answer to this is the fall.  When man fell, he began to seek nothing else but his own personal satisfaction, which is an only earthly longing unless God has given that person grace. 




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