Christian Living: C.S. Lewis and A Grief Observed
I saw this quote about C.S. Lewis in Leadership
"What disturbed Lewis most was not the thought that God does not exist. Rather, it was the thought that he does exist, but that he may inflict pain for reasons we do not recognize as positive or even ethical: "What reason have we, except our own desperate wishes, to believe that God is, by any standard we can conceive, 'good'? Doesn't all the prima-facie evidence suggest exactly the opposite?"
"Upon reflection, Lewis decided that the pain he was experiencing must have some redemptive purpose. We see the first glimmer not far into the book: "It doesn't really matter whether you grip the arms of the dentist's chair or let your hands lie in your lap. The drill drills on." But of course the dentist isn't malevolent; the painful work is undertaken for the good of the patient. Lewis concluded that experiences of divine absence, like those of grief at the death of a loved one, can help to heal and sanctify us."
He penned this in a book called " A Grief Observed " which was the first book he ever penned under a pen-name. The book was comprised of his reflections on the sickness and death of the great love of his life, his wife Joy.
Later this month, I will go through the 1 year anniversary of the death of my Son-In-Law Taurus. As we get closer to the date, I find myself thinking more and more "what was the point of this?" As a pastor, I know God has a plan. But I still find myself at a real loss.
How about you? Have you ever been able to relate to his grief?
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