Tuesday, December 31, 2013

end of 2013, and Light, again

I picked up The Last Battle last night, the final volume in C.S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia, and finished reading it again this afternoon. Seems it may be three or four years since I read the series last.

I have never picked up the last volume to read on its own. Whether that is responsible for how pointedly it seems to speak to many things that are everywhere about now, or just that it seems so because tracking apocalyptical news makes the story more vivid, I cannot say.

But what I wanted to do was set out a few quotes from the book, as my end of 2013 post. Yes, I know. Mr. Lewis has been charged with racism and gender stereotyping and it seems like for a long while, but I suspect that people who think so wouldn't be reading here anyway.

"And the other sight, five leagues nearer than Cair Paravel, was Roonwit the Centaur lying dead with a Calormene arrow in his side. I was with him in his last hour and he gave me this message to your Majesty: to remember that all worlds draw to an end and that noble death is a treasure which no one is too poor to buy." 
"And from what Farsight saw there he knew at once that Rishda was just as surprised, and nearly as frightened, as everyone else. "There goes one," thought Farsight, "who had called on gods he does not believe in. How will it be with him if they have really come?"
'Begone, Monster, and take your lawful prey to your own place, in the Name of Aslan, and Aslan's great Father, the Emperor-over-sea.
"It seems, then," said Tirian, smiling himself, "that the Stable seen from within and the Stable seen from without are two different places." 
 "Yes," said Queen Lucy. "Our world once had something inside it that was bigger than our entire world."

Many other quotes spoke to my heart again, but for them, each must reread the original on his (or her, in newspeak-now-allspeak) own.

And may God the great Father be present with us, in His Son, in this new year, and always. And His blessings keep us, always, ready and serene….

[Note. Have set this in on the day drafted, even though I turned in too early last night to finish its last tweaks.]