Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Courage, dear heart

When I was a little girl, I read all of C.S. Lewis' Narnia books - many times. There is a line in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader that has buoyed me in difficult times. The character, Lucy, along with the other characters are on a ship surrounded by darkness and filled with unspeakable fear.

Suddenly Lucy sees a flash of white. Aslan, the mighty lion, has come to Lucy in the form of a white bird and whispers into her ear, "Courage, dear heart". Even though the darkness persists, she is comforted, knowing that she is strong enough to withstand the darkness - that the darkness is temporary.

Winter is difficult for me. I was looking out our window at the first snowfall, feeling that darkness surrounding me. You might have experienced that darkness; it can come in various circumstances. My eye caught a bit color and was drawn to a Christmas cactus that was blooming for the first time in three years - as though whispering to me, "Courage, dear heart".

Today, as in every day, I am thankful for so many things, having been truly blessed in my life. But I am especially thankful for those flashes of hope that God sends to us when we need them.

Whether you are enjoying a season of light or enduring a time of darkness, I am thankful for you and wish you blessings.

Happy Thanksgiving, dear hearts.

P.S. - These fellows showed up for a visit:

A small joke: Why did the turkey cross the road? To avoid being turkey dinner!

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