Ever since I was a young boy, I have loved Narnia. Narnia is an imaginary world created by C. S. Lewis, one of the 20th century’s most famous Christian authors. Lewis wrote these fantasy books for children. In Narnia, children learn lessons they can apply to life in this world. But Lewis was a good enough writer that adults love Narnia as well. I have read these stories to my own children and found as an adult that I loved these stories even more.
Lewis wrote seven books he called “The Chronicles of Narnia.” The first in the series is called, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” Perhaps you’ve seen the movie version that came out in 2005. One of the central figures in the story is a lion named Aslan, who is in many ways similar to Jesus in our world.
In May of 1955, the mother of a nine-year-old boy named Laurence wrote to C. S. Lewis, explaining that Laurence was concerned that he loved Aslan more than he loved Jesus. She received a reply from Lewis ten days later when he wrote: “Laurence can’t really love Aslan more than Jesus, even if he feels that’s what he is doing. For the things he loves Aslan for doing or saying are simply the things Jesus really did and said. So that when Laurence thinks he is loving Aslan, he is really loving Jesus: and perhaps loving Him more than he ever did before.”
This Lent we will take A LENTEN JOURNEY TO NARNIA. My hope is that in spending time in Narnia, we will learn to love Jesus even more for what he has done for us on the cross. We will have a lamppost and a wardrobe, and every Wednesday evening children will have Mr. Tumnus, (a faun) who will read to them stories about Narnia. We want to encourage families to come and worship together. Come for soup at 5:30 and worship at 6:30.
PARENTS- We have about ten copies of the book for sale for $5 if you would like to read the book to your children. Contact the church office.
I hope you will join us for worship this February and let God’s hope fill your hearts. Pastor Rolf