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We Need Others–An Analogy from C.S. Lewis

November 7, 2014

I’m reading a book about emotional maturity. In it he quotes from C.S. Lewis’ “Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” about how Eustace wants to get in a beautiful pool but he cannot. It goes on that he must remove clothes, and he’s able to go 3 layers deep on his own but that’s it. He needs help from Aslan for the rest, and it’s painful. Of course, Aslan represents Christ.

Without in any way diminishing the role of Christ and his ability to do that if he so chooses, I also note how Christ has given us community. Sometimes, maybe even most often, the way Christ works is through his body of believers, the church. How often do we wait for some supernatural “stripping away” of pieces of our life we don’t need or want (usually assuming the stripping away will be painless, of course)? How often are we stalling when what we need is right in front of us, when Christ has given us each other?

Just my thoughts.

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