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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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A way out in space lies the Whirlpool Galaxy (also known as M51). It has been described by scientists as an interacting  grand-design spiral galaxy that is estimated to be 23 million light-years from the Milky Way Galaxy  in the constellation Canes Venatici. It is one of the most famous galaxies in the sky.

The Whirlpool galaxy was discovered in 1773 by Charles Messier.  In 2005, the Hubble telescope noticed something strange. In the middle of this Galaxy is a strange formation. That formation, is a cross. Some may think it looks like an x, but take a closer look:

That looks like a cross to me. One reason that it does not look like an X to me is because the vertical part is bigger than the horizontal part. It seems like its meant to be viewed from an angle, as if the camera was below the direction that the formation was facing. Either way, I see a cross.  Actually I see something more. I see heaven.

So what? (you may be asking).  I just think that the odds of an object (M51) in space 23 million light years away looking like a cross is quite remarkable. 

I believe that this galaxy and the rest of the universe was created by an intelligent designer.  His name is God.  He knows the name of every star in the universe because he created them and holds them all in the palm of his hand.  He is a big God.  He is beyond words. He is indescribable. He was there in the beginning, he is here now, and he will be around forever.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep,
and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
~ Genesis 1:1-3.

 So what does this mean to you?  Do you see an ‘X” or a cross?  What’s your point of reference?  Here’s my reflection on this:

The Celestial Cross

In a galaxy far far away
I’ve seen heaven in the sky,
A long long way out
Then a long large way up high.

At the far end of the universe
Did God place heaven there for me?
Beyond the reach of human eyes
One day for us to see?

Set in this celestial galaxy
There lies a perfect cross,
Beyond the gamble of chaotic chance
That evolution has won and lost.

So look to the sky and count the stars
I wonder if you can?
Find your heaven, then join the dots.
It’s all part of the Master’s plan

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Lord of the Dance

I’m going to step right outside my comfort zone and write about something you may not expect I’d write about – dance. Yes, that’s right, dance.   Luckily for you, I know a bit about dance (a little bit). 

Believe or not I once had Rock and Roll dance lessons, I actually became quite good on the dancefloor.  It’s really easy for a man to be good at Rock and Roll dancing, it’s a simple box step and that’s it. A friend of mine, let’s call him Tony, as that is his name, had a real problem with the box step and had to go to a special box step class to catch up.  He got it eventually.

Life is a lot like dancing.  You grow up watching and learning, then you practice it, then you get quite good at it.  Sometimes you fall over and then have to pick yourself up and start dancing again, or maybe even learn  a new dance.  It’s all very fluid, creative, and there are generally no rules. 

Jesus also danced upon this earth. His life has been compared to a dance in the hymn Lord of the Dance, written by English songwriter Sydney Carter in 1967.

Dance then wherever you may be
For I am the Lord of the dance, said He
And I’ll lead you on, whenever you may be
And I’ll lead you all in the dance, said He.

When I get to heaven I think I’d like to dance for Jesus.  Just like Mercy Me in their song Imagine,  I can only imagine what that would be like. 

So, if life is a dance ,what type of dance are you doing right now?  A slow waltz, a fast jig, a crazy hip-hop, or maybe a belly-dance?  Spend some time today thinking about your dance. Here’s my reflection on dance.

Lord of the Dance

I have no idea
What my eyes will see
When I stand in your presence
When you cast your eyes on me

Will I dance for you Jesus
As my heart and soul are free
Will I lose myself in you
For all eternity

Will I hear you speak
As my questions all run out
You will be my answer
As you chase away my doubt

Will I dance for you Jesus
As my heart and soul are free
Will I lose myself in you
For all eternity

Will I will fall at you feet
As you love flows over me
At last we’ll be together
For all eternity

Finally, here’s a great version I found of  The Lord of the Dance – be inspired!

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On a pale blue dot
In a sunbeam of light,
Our tiny earth
Spins day into night.

Our dot is so small
In a universe so vast,
We think we’re immortal
Forever we’ll last.

We live and we die
In peace and through war,
We all exist on this dot
But do we love any more?

So who made this dot
And moved space through time,
To make the earth spin
On no more than a dime?

It’s so easy to forget
To remember it seems,
Our mote of dust
Suspended in a sunbeam.

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Colour Your Heaven

If you asked me to paint my heaven,
I’d choose colours of red, yellow and blue,
And create a vast vivid landscape,
Of a place I somehow knew.

If you asked me to play my heaven,
I’d use the key of G.
With a minor fall, and a major lift,
To sustain life in harmony.

If you asked my to write my heaven,
I’d use words of depth and rhyme,
To draw you in to my Maker’s world,
Where space departs from time.

If you asked me to share my heaven,
I’d speak the greatest story ever told,
Of Jesus who died for me and you,
So we could walk the streets of gold. 

So what colour is your heaven?
What is the best musical key?
To write and paint your heaven,
For those who need to see?

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Perception

Stars at night hang in the sky,
And plead with us to wonder why.
Our existence, and our role
Who we are, and are we whole.

Do we perceive our reality,
Or are we blinded by captivity.
Are they stars, or holes we see
Do they twinkle in harmony.

What is behind the stars we see,
The brightest light – something heavenly
Are stars really just pin pricks of light,
Penetrating the darkest night.

What do you see, and what don’t you hear
Are your stars far, or are they near
As the darkness draws you in –
Is it light, that blots out your sin

Just like Pythagoras, change my view
And help me to be light – like you.
To look for matter, and not for lack
To stay in light, not paint it black.

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