Friday, January 12, 2007

always and never


"‘This is the land of Narnia, where we are now’, said the faun. 'It is all that lies between the lamp-post and the great castle of Caer Paravel on the eastern sea.’ It is winter in Narnia, and has been for ever so long. Always winter and never Christmas."

~ C.S. Lewis, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe


It is in the very face of howling winds that I listen hard for the still voice of mercy, and on dry, barren lands I am pursuing new growth and living waters. This winter I was anticipating encouraging a loved one for whom winter has a depressing implication. Ironically, in the wake of loss and grief, I am the one that is being consoled by every other caring person in these times. Indeed, as I strengthen- I, too, can continue being a consoler. It has never been certain what events and people are found beyond the known lands and boundaries, but there must always abide a confident hope, an aspiration that breathes an affirmative to go forward.


2 comments:

Katie said...

Whatever it is you are grieving I hope you find a sense of peace with it all...life has a way of working itself out and I truly believe that whatever doesn't kill us can only make us stronger...it might sound cliche, but sometimes a good cliche is needed in life.

Ryan Velting said...

While I would at this stage certainly not say confident, my hope has not yet died completely.. As long as there is hope..