Assurance | Comfort | Fear | Hope | Peace

A number of the lectionary passages deal with the potent presence of the Lord (Jeremiah 20:10-13; Matthew 10:26-33; 37-24; 11-25-30). This potency of the Lord’s presence is pictured in C. S. Lewis’s Narnian Chronicles in Aslan the Lion, the Christ figure. In The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, the children first hear about Aslan from Mr. Beaver. Susan asks if he is a man. “Aslan a man!” said Mr. Beaver sternly. “Certainly not. I tell you he is the King of the wood and the son of the great Emperor-Beyond-the-Sea. Don’t you know who is the King of Beasts? Aslan is a lion– the Lion, the great Lion.” “Ooh!” said Susan, I’d thought he was a man. Is he — quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion.” “That you will, dearie, and no mistake,” said Mrs. Beaver, “if there’s anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knees knocking, they’re either braver then most or else just silly.”…

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