Thank You, C. S. Lewis

This morning, doing devotions, I was reflecting on the resurrection. The phrase Deeper magic, before the dawn of time drifted unbidden into my reflections.

I smiled as other images and words rushed after it. A great emperor beyond the sea. Dawn. A cracked stone. Mice. Two joyful British girls playing tag with a mighty golden lion.

They say Aslan is on the move, perhaps has already landed.

Image Credit:  Marion E. Wade Center

How fitting to be thinking of Narnia, today, 70 years to the day since it was published.

Thank you, C. S. Lewis.

Thank you for helping me understand the wonder of the resurrection, through the wonder of a story.

Why is Aslan alive? Because it was degreed so before.

Why was Jesus raised? Because it was said.

Thank you, C. S. Lewis, for taking the mystery and glory and wonder and joy of the gospel and putting it in a story, so I could better understand the greater Story.

For, at 28, I do believe I am old enough to read fairy tales again.

More at Redeemed Reader

We have many more C. S. Lewis and Narnia posts! See “Reflections in a Dragon’s Eye” (mostly about the Dawn Treader movie), Megan’s thoughts on introducing the series to her boys in “The Narnia Dilemma,” and Betsy’s “5 Souvenirs from Narnia.

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Born in a library and raised by books, or rather, raised by a book-loving family, Hayley loves talking and writing about books. She lives in the middle of Wisconsin and works with children as well as with coffee.


  1. Gail O’Connor on October 17, 2020 at 7:08 am

    Thank you for your thoughts on the Narnia books. I agree they do help us understand the Gospel, the sacrifice of Jesus on our behalf and the glorious wonders on our eternal home. My British mother passed away over a year ago, and one of my fondest memories is her reading C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia aloud to us when we were children.

    • Hayley on October 17, 2020 at 9:44 pm

      Gail, thank you for sharing, and what a wonderful memory of your mother.

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