Multitude Monday: Working Here?

Sometimes changes in life follow the annual shifts in the seasons. This year that is proving to be the case. For almost three years I’ve had time to recoup from some major life changes. As a result, I’ve moved to a beautiful and inspiring place. Time has been filled doing volunteer work for several organizations, making new friends, traveling to Central Asia, and being available to encourage my adult children.

I’ve had time to rest and rekindle.

But the autumn shift this year has also brought a new job. With it comes an opportunity to speak into young lives and bring home a pay check. If you haven’t caught my enthusiasm yet, check out these photographs of Glen Eyrie, the conference center owned and operated by the Navigators. Nestled in it’s own secluded valley, it was originally the private home of General Palmer, founder of Colorado Springs.

Some of the regular residents rambling the acreage include a herd of big horn sheep, several rafters of turkeys (yes, I had to look that up), deer, and bear. As a conference center it is a place where people from all over the world come to learn and grow in their faith.

It is a peaceful place, one of my favorite spots on earth.

And they are going to pay me to work here!

So, on this Multitude Monday, I begin my list with thanks for His gracious provision:

A new job

His perfect timing

A new season

A lingering summer

The first signs of approaching fall

The yellow in the treetops

The antelope grazing across the road, the herd grown this year to an even dozen

Sunflowers blooming across the fields

The moon dancing across the sky

Fields tanning across the hills as summer grows to a close

The grasses whispering as they fade

A chill in the evenings and a sweater to warm in

Candle light, warmth for the eyes and the heart

God’s purpose, manifest

God’s love and strength

~”And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

Philippians 4:19-20

Made Perfect in Weakness…

But thou art making me, I thank Thee, sire.

What Thou hast done and doest Thou knows’t well.

And I will help thee; gently in Thy fire

I will lie burning; on Thy potter’s wheel

I will whirl patient, though my brain should reel.

Thy grace shall be enough the grief to quell,

And growing strength perfect through weakness dire.

George MacDonald, Diary of An Old Soul, October 2.

But [the Lord] said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

2 Cor. 12:9

Book Review: The Soul of C.S. Lewis

The Soul of C.S. Lewis: A Meditative Journey through Twenty-Six of His Best-Loved Writings

Written and edited by Wayne Martindale, Jerry Root, and Linda Washington

Whether the words Narnia, Screwtape, and the Weight of Glory lead down familiar paths in your reading habits, or if you are just being introduced to one of the most brilliant minds of the twentieth century, this book is a must-have. It is an invaluable spring-board into the broader range of Lewis’ thinking coupled to helpful comments and Biblical passages.

It is dedicated to the need for quiet reflection and the “interconnectedness of Scripture and life.”

Designed for the reader’s personal growth, each offering is one short page. The book is divided into four categories: Pilgrimage, Temptation and Triumph, Going Deeper, and Words of Grace. There are six chapters in each category from six different writings, with ten contemplative offerings from each work cited. The introduction is packed with valuable references and establishes the flow for the entire work.

This book is three hundred and seventeen pages of sustenance for our souls. It expands our ability to plumb the depths of God’s Word through the heart of C. S. Lewis.  The contributors vary from life-long Lewis scholars to those who have lived his mind in the realms of his fiction. All carry insight into Lewis’ connection to the mind of God.

Thankfully, his fiction works have been included and act as what they are: an expansion of his intellectual understanding of human nature. Story, for many of us, is the link that brings truth to life. The introduction states:

“Lewis himself was well aware that reason has its own weaknesses. If someone makes a bad decision or a questionable moral choice, reason is not so quick to challenge the choice and call the individual to repentance. It is more likely that reason will be marshaled by the will to make a host of rationalizations and excuses for the bad choice. Consequently, bad moral choices can lead to intellectual blindness; cleverness is no synonym for ethical clarity. The apostle Paul wrote in Romans 1:18 that ‘wicked people…suppress the truth by their wickedness.’ Lewis recognized that reason, having been employed to justify a bad choice, will stand like a dragon guarding access to the heart, thus keeping one’s understanding darkened. Sometimes story alone makes it possible to get past a watchful dragon.”

We have been blessed with Lewis’ insight into the human soul. His ability to communicate that insight will stand for posterity. This book adds to that gift by helping us connect the dots between Lewis’ vast works, his enduring themes, and Scripture. It is the work of ten gifted writers who will help move this treasure into the minds and hearts of coming generations, adding their own depths of scholarship and understanding to us, the readers.

Tyndale House Publishers has graciously provided a complimentary copy of this book to the reviewer. Yea!