I love Narnia and Middle Earth! Go ahead and call me a geek. Ever since high school, these stories by C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien have fascinated me. The authors were Christian and filled their stories with Christian themes.
One of the stories I love comes from Lewis’ book, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Peter, Susan and Lucy have just entered Narnia, a land that is frozen and nearly lifeless. The few creatures the children do encounter live in hiding, frightened and without hope. Mr. and Mrs. Beaver tell them that Narnia is under the spell of the White Witch. Narnia is a land of despair and defeat. Every day is “always winter, but never Christmas.”
As the story unfolds, Father Christmas does arrive. The White Witch’s spell has been broken. Father Christmas brings presents, but also a message- “Aslan is on the move!” The great lion, the son of the Emperor beyond the sea, has come to set all wrongs to right and defeat the power of the White Witch. Finally, there is hope!
I wonder if that image- always winter, never Christmas- doesn’t speak to you, especially when winter gets long and we yearn for Spring. It is an image of hopelessness that many of us feel at times in the struggle to create a more just society and world. But the theme of Epiphany comes with its message- Jesus is on the move! Jesus announces the coming kingdom of God and brings healing. The powers of darkness and despair are on the run. Hope is reborn.
I hope you will join us for worship this February and let God’s hope fill your hearts.