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On the Move

March 12th, 2015 · No Comments · Faith and the City

imagesAslan is on the move. The Witch’s magic is weakening…

All around them, though out of sight, there were streams chattering, bubbling, splashing and even (in the distance) roaring. And his heart gave a great leap (though he hardly knew why) when he realized that the frost was over.

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

 

Dear Friends in Christ,

Thaw! What a great word—what a wonderful thing. Snow is melting. Yes, to be sure, some nasty artifacts are showing up in the vanishing ice. That’s the price we pay for living in the big city.

Fortunately, amid the yuck, there is clear evidence that winter is giving up its grasp. The air feels soft. Trees are sporting buds. There are open patches of water on the reservoir. The earth’s annual thaw is finally under way!

In the Christian classic, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis tells us that the arrival of the great lion, Aslan, in the land of Narnia brings a great thaw—the end of “endless” winter.

With the return of spring to Narnia, all sorts of animals emerge from their burrows. They shake the sleep from their heads and the dust from their traveling clothes. They head out into the world. They walk about. They imitate their King. After all, “Aslan is on the move.”

PilgrimageThis coming Sunday, in our ongoing exploration of Lenten disciplines, we are going to study the ancient practice of “pilgrimage.” Earlier this year, I remarked that “fasting is not a Christian weight loss plan.” Similarly, pilgrimage is not a Christian vacation. Yes, it can rejuvenate a person’s spirit, but it is more than relaxation. It is traveling with a holy purpose. It is a commitment to being “on the move” with Aslan.

Join us this Sunday as we continue our travels through Lent, and as we talk about journeys that might bring us into step with God.

See you in worship,

SBJ

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