“Treasures from C.S. Lewis”, quotes to gather and hold in our hearts.

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Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see.”
C.S. Lewis “God In The Dock” (1970)

“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”
C.S. Lewis “Collected Letters of C. S. Lewis” (2006)

“We do not want merely to see beauty . . . We want something else which can hardly be put into words – to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it.
C.S. Lewis “Transposition and Other Addresses” (1949)

We are mirrors whose brightness is wholly derived from the sun that shines upon us.
C.S. Lewis “The Four Loves” (1960)

“Nothing you have not given away will ever really be yours.”
C.S. Lewis “Mere Christianity” (1952)

“The instrument through which you see God is your whole self. And if a man’s self is not kept clean and bright, his glimpse of God will be blurred”
C.S. Lewis  “Mere Christianity” (1952)

The door on which we have been knocking all our lives will open at last.”
C.S. Lewis  “The Weight of Glory” (1949)

“If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.”
C.S. Lewis “Mere Christianity”

Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.” C.S. Lewis “Mere Christianity” (1952)

“Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.”
C.S. Lewis “Mere Christianity” (1952)

“When we lose one blessing, another is often most unexpectedly given in its place.”
C.S. Lewis “Yours, Jack: Spiritual Direction from C.S. Lewis” (2008)

Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done.”
C.S. Lewis “Collected Letters of C. S. Lewis” (2006)

Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted in spite of your changing moods.”
C.S. Lewis “Mere Christianity” (1952)

“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen — not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”
C.S. Lewis “Is Theology Poetry” (1945)

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“Praising, I am Praising, a heart so full” from LWillows

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Praising, I am praising, my heart is so full. When life asked me to walk with a heart of faith bolder and stronger than I had fathomed before, I stepped forward. I did not do it alone. I could not. The strength was not my own. Someone near to me said, “You stepped off of the cliff with one foot out!”. Thinking back, I know now that The Lord was holding the foot that stepped out. He had me all the while.

Our Savior is so merciful. I am in awe of the generosity of Grace. My heart is stretched and then stretched again just to receive all that pours in from His Love. Me, the one with so many words- rendered speechless. Just left with a song, left with armfuls of songs in my heart that have been singing to us all from God that calls to us of His Love. We can only sing the praise back with joy and awe.

Hear the Praise! 

Wonderful Merciful Savior

 

2 Corinthians 12:9, Psalm 34….”A State of Grace”…from LWillows

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The State of Grace

Grace…”The unmerited favor of God, A gift unearned and undeserved.”

The words, “a state of grace” have been in my mind and heart in the past week with a new calling. Last Sunday the Sermon at Alexandria Presbyterian Church was from a scripture reading of Psalm 34 and was titled “Taste and See That the Lord is Good”.

The psalm speaks of a prayer of David,  who after losing thousands of his troops in a battle with Saul was forced to flee and finds himself in the land of Gath, a territory that was dangerous to him from former times; the King would have his head….1 Samuel 21:10-15.

I heard the words of the David’s prayer with an open heart. I felt blessed with the timing of the Sermon; my spirit entered a state of grace as we bowed our heads in prayer at the closing, seeking that The Lord search our own hearts and receive us.

The Pastor had asked, don’t we all feel like David at times? Does life not bring us to face the trials that compel us to call out for God’s Help as David did. In line 18, the Psalm says.. “The Lord is near the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit”.

Some of The Pastor Chris’s words that remained like bells ringing out the truth for me were…..

“Faith is not strength. Faith is weakness holding on to strength”.  

Then as I was filled with renewal and healing he continued and said, “Suffering will either make you sweeter or more bitter!”.

I smiled with a big inner cheer. Yes! This is so true. Later in the sermon he said,

“You can be wounded and not destroyed. Every-time that something happens that is (a trial) your faith grows stronger.” (Chris Sicks, Pastor of Mercy, Alexandria Presbyterian Church, Alexandria, VA. July 30, 2017)

Psalm 34
Taste and See That the Lord Is Good
Of David, when he changed his behavior before Abimelech, so that he drove him out, and he went away.

1 I will bless the Lord at all times;
his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
2 My soul makes its boast in the Lord;
let the humble hear and be glad.
3 Oh, magnify the Lord with me,
and let us exalt his name together!

4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me
and delivered me from all my fears.
5 Those who look to him are radiant,
and their faces shall never be ashamed.
6 This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him
and saved him out of all his troubles.
7 The angel of the Lord encamps
around those who fear him, and delivers them.

8 Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!
Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
9 Oh, fear the Lord, you his saints,
for those who fear him have no lack!
10 The young lions suffer want and hunger;
but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.

11 Come, O children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
12 What man is there who desires life
and loves many days, that he may see good?
13 Keep your tongue from evil
and your lips from speaking deceit.
14 Turn away from evil and do good;
seek peace and pursue it.

15 The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous
and his ears toward their cry.
16 The face of the Lord is against those who do evil,
to cut off the memory of them from the earth.
17 When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears
and delivers them out of all their troubles.
18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
and saves the crushed in spirit.

19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
but the Lord delivers him out of them all.
20 He keeps all his bones;
not one of them is broken.
21 Affliction will slay the wicked,
and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.
22 The Lord redeems the life of his servants;
none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.