Is he safe? (a quote from C.S. Lewis)

This morning, my pastor referenced this passage from The Chronicles of Narnia. (Let me tell you, it feels great to call someone “my” pastor after a year-and-a-half of church visiting!) In it, the Beavers are telling the children about Aslan:

 “‘Is — is he a man?’ asked Lucy.

‘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, their either braver than most or else just silly.’

‘Then he isn’t safe?’ said Lucy.

‘Safe?’ said Mr. Beaver; ‘don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.'”

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

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7 thoughts on “Is he safe? (a quote from C.S. Lewis)

  1. One of my favorite Narnia passages as well; I find it easier to rest in God’s fierce love than placid pablum favored by many. That goodness and fierceness are not mutually exclusive–took me years to understand. I am glad you are in a good place, Laura–blessings to you and yours this day!

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  2. Laura, my apologies, my nom de guerre came across instead of my name (I use cousin of Eutychus) when I think my story may be recognized by some in my area as I address abuse issues by church leadership). It defaulted to that without my realizing. Thank you for your thoughts–though I do not comment often I love the community you are building here.

    Rick

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    1. No need to apologize, Rick. I like the nom de guerre, and I’m glad you’re enjoying this little online community. That’s exactly what I want my blog to feel like!

      I’m glad you enjoyed this quote. For a long time, I had part of this passage as my signature for my email.

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      1. Eutychus is the NT figure I identify most with; some in my previous church would be highly offended by that, thinking we should identify with a Timothy or Paul. My experience with God and His mirth convinces me that Eutychus is one of His favorites as well.

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  3. This is one of my favorite scenes, and Mrs. Beaver’s response is one of the best lines of the whole Narnia series: “That you will, dearie, and no mistake.” No one who meets Christ does so with anything remotely resembling nonchalance!

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