Two posts in one day. I admit that IS a little strange for me. I couldn’t help but share how enamored I was to read this letter from C. S. Lewis to this eleven-year-old girl. Hila Newman had sent Lewis her drawings and a letter of appreciation for the first three Chronicles of Narnia.
I’ve always enjoyed his insight, wisdom and profound creativity, but I couldn’t help but love C. S. Lewis even more after reading this. How sweet of him to take the time (at a time in history when technology wasn’t what it is today) to respond in a hand-written letter to this little girl. She must’ve savored every word. I sure would’ve. Can you imagine?
3 June 1953
Thank you so much for your lovely letter and pictures. I realised at once that the coloured one was not a particular scene but a sort of line-up like what you would have at the very end if it was a play instead of stories. The Voyage of the DAWN TREADER is not to be the last: There are to be 4 more, 7 in all. Didn’t you notice that Aslan said nothing about Eustace not going back? I thought the best of your pictures was the one of Mr. Tumnus at the bottom of the letter.
As to Aslan’s other name, well I want you to guess. Has there never been anyone in this world who (1.) Arrived at the same time as Father Christmas. (2.) Said he was the son of the Great Emperor. (3.) Gave himself up for someone else’s fault to be jeered at and killed by wicked people. (4.) Came to life again. (5.) Is sometimes spoken of as a Lamb (see the end of the Dawn Treader). Don’t you really know His name in this world? Think it over and let me know your answer!
Reepicheep in your coloured picture has just the right perky, cheeky expression. I love real mice. There are lots in my rooms in College but I have never set a trap. When I sit up late working they poke their heads out from behind the curtains just as if they were saying, ‘Hi! Time for you to go to bed. We want to come out and play.’
(From The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume III)
This got me thinking about the importance of loving on people right where they are. How many times is someone admiring us from a distance and we’re too busy to notice? Or IF we notice, our schedule is simply too packed to do anything about it. Sometimes we’re even too busy for our own children. We need margin don’t we? I want to leave enough space in my schedule to have time for what matters most…the relationships God is putting right in front of me. Jesus took time for people, especially children.
Another thought… Lewis was, no doubt, delighted to respond to the little girl. He mentioned details about her drawings. He encouraged her to use her mind and imagination. He delighted in her. I’m sure Hila was beside herself to hear from her favorite author. Isn’t this like us with God? When we tell Him what’s on our minds and ask Him questions, HE’s thrilled to take the time to respond. How special!