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In 1952, C S Lewis, wrote Mere Christianity, where he described what free will  is and by implication what he believed freedom is.

Lewis maintained that God created things which had free will. That means creatures which can go either wrong or right. Some people think they can imagine a creature which was free but had no possibility of going wrong; I cannot. If a thing is free to be good it is also free to be bad. And free will is what has made evil possible. Why, then, did God give them free will? Because free will, though it makes evil possible, is also the only thing that makes possible any love or goodness or joy worth having. A world of automata—of creatures that worked like machines—would hardly be worth creating. The happiness which God designs for His higher creatures is that happiness of being freely, voluntarily united to Him and to each other…and for that they must be free.

600 years earlier William Wallace, made popular again in recent years by Mel Gibson in the movie Braveheart, made this famous speech about freedom.

I am William Wallace. And I see a whole army of my countrymen,
here in defiance of tyranny! You have come to fight as free men. And
free man you are! What will you do without freedom? Will you fight?”
“Two thousand against ten?” – the veteran shouted. “No! We will
run – and live!
Yes!” Wallace shouted back. “Fight and you may die. Run and you
will live at least awhile. And dying in your bed many years from now,
would you be willing to trade all the days from this day to that for
one chance, just one chance, to come back here as young men and tell our enemies that they may take our lives but they will never take
our freedom!

May you this week consider your freedom. May you decide afresh what you will do with this freedom. Embrace the one who set you free, because you are free indeed.

Freedom Reigns

Freedom fallsdesert-cross2
Like the rain in Spring,
The sun shines through
With life to bring

Freedom reigns
Like a long Summer’s day
With a sunset on fire
To show us the way

Freedom flows
Like the Autumn air
And speaks to us
Of a Greater care

Freedom settles
Like the Winters snow
As it blankets the land
Of the free that we know

So what will you do
With the freedom you live
Will you be brave
With the freedom you  give

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C.S. Lewis was a close friend of J. R. R. Tolkien, and both authors attended Oxford University. In his memoir Surprised by Joy, Lewis mentions he was baptised in the Church of Ireland at birth, but fell away from his faith during his teenage years. Owing to the influence of Tolkien and other friends, at the age of 32 Lewis returned to Christianity.  His conversion had a profound effect on his work, and his wartime radio broadcasts on the subject of Christianity brought him wide acclaim.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a  novel written by C. S. Lewis. It was originally published in 1950 and set in the 1940s. It is the first-published book of The Chronicles of Narnia and is the best known book of the series.

Some have said that the main plot of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is an allegory of Christ’s crucifixion.  The Lion, Aslan sacrifices himself for Edmund, a traitor who may deserve death, in the same way that Christ sacrificed Himself for sinners. The cross may be suggested by the Stone Table. As with the Christian Passion, it is women (Susan and Lucy) who tend Aslan’s body after he dies and are the first to see him after his resurrection. The significance of the death contains elements of both the ransom theory of atonement and the satisfaction theory: Aslan suffers Edmund’s penalty (satisfaction), and buys him back from the White Witch, who was entitled to him by reason of his treachery (ransom). In Christian tradition, Christ is associated with the Biblical “Lion of Judah”, mainly on the strength of Revelation 5:5.

C.S. Lewis was a literary genius.  Through his stories he has painted images of earth and heaven that have shaped my thinking about my faith.  He has inspired me to develop my own writing and poetry.

What about you?  Who has inspired you along the way in your journey of faith?

Here’s my reflection on the writing process and my version of heaven.

Winter’s Heaven

Beyond the frontier
Of our temporal world,
We dare to dream and
Say the unsayable.

In this break for freedom
Form and substance are forged,
In the furnace of our heart
And beaten into a badge of honour.

This emblem of courage is worn
When we use words,
To describe a journey
To a destination unseen by our eyes.

In this winter Narnia
Reality and perception,
Blend into a heavenly forest
That we still pine and search for.

Poetic grace creates an open door
Through which we can all enter,
And experience Aslan’s kingdom
Where the streets have no name.

I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else. 
~  C.S. Lewis.

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