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Aslan and Dostoevsky

 

Aslan and Dostoevsky?  What? 

Well, it could be that it’s scorching hot and lacking any A/C, my brain is fried, or maybe that I just saw “Prince Caspian” yesterday, but there really is a correlation.  I love Aslan, and will refrain from a movie review, but he seemed much more absent in the movie than in C.S. Lewis’ book of the same name.  Somewhere, the writer’s tossed aside the book in deference for a box office hit.  Even so, some important quotes from the book gratefully made it into the screenplay unscathed, and one in particular.  As Aslan is preparing to crown Prince Caspian as King of Narnia, Aslan says:

“Welcome, Prince. Do you feel yourself sufficient to take up the Kingship of Narnia?”

I-I don’t think I do, Sir, ” said Caspian. “I’m only a kid.” [He wasn’t an older teen, as portrayed in the movie.]

“Good,” said Aslan.  “If you had felt yourself sufficient, it would have been a proof that you were not.”

In Crime and Punishment, Dostoevsky writes this regarding an invitation from God:

“Then Christ will say to us, ‘Come you as well, Come drunkards, come weaklings, come forth ye children of shame…’ And the wise men and those of understanding will say: ‘O lord, why do you receive these men?’ And he will say, ‘This is why I receive them, O ye of understanding, that not one of them believed himself to be worthy of this.’  And he will hold out his hands to us and we shall fall down before him..and we shall weep…and we shall understand all things!” 

I like the comforting echo in these two books.  And God’s word tells me the same:  

My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness. Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may dwell in me.  Therefore, I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses; with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.”  2 Corinthians 12:9-10

I’m encouraged, because I’m not sufficient, worthy, or strong….

 

“But I can do all things through Him who strengthens me!”   

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Endnotes

C.S. Lewis, Prince Caspian, (London: Scholastic Inc, 1951), page 200

Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment, (New York: Bantam Books, 1987), page 20

Linda will be back writing her own thoughts, or editing those of John’s, as soon as the temperature drops below 90F/32C….

Narnia music by Steven Curtis Chapman

As we continue to pray for Steven Curtis Chapman and his family during their time of grief and loss, I thought it would be appropriate to listen and watch one of his music videos.  Chapman’s music spans nearly 3 decades, so there are countless songs to choose from; “Cinderella” (reach-for-the-tissues), or “When Love Takes You In,” about adoption (and God’s love), “God is God (and I am Not)”, and many, many more.  I chose the song, “Remembering You” from Steven Curtis Chapman’s contribution to “Music Inspired by the Chronicles of Narnia”.  I find the song presents Aslan, at least to Christian minds, more completely than he’s portrayed in the recent movies–as Creator, Savior, Beginning and the End.  One of the song’s lines is  ‘whenever I see the first signs of spring, I’ll be remembering you, Aslan, the story and what is to come.’

As you enjoy the music video, may the Lord draw you into prayer with and for the Chapman family.