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Aslan as Christ the Lion

Aslan, the wonderful and terrible lion, is the "Christ" figure in C. S. Lewis' powerful allegory, The Chronicles of Narnia.

"Are you thirsty?" said the Lion.
"I'm DYING of thirst," said Jill.
"Then drink," said the Lion.
"May I – could I – would you mind going away while I do?" said Jill.
The Lion answered this only by a look and a very low growl. And as Jill gazed at its motionless bulk, she realized that she might as well have asked the whole mountain to move aside for her convenience.
The delicious rippling noise of the stream was driving her nearly frantic.
"Will you promise not to-do anything to me, if I come?" said Jill.
"I make no promise," said the Lion.
Jill was so thirsty now that, without noticing it, she had come a step nearer.
"Do you eat girls?" she said.
"I have swallowed up girls and boys, women and men, kings and emperors, cities and realms," said the Lion. It didn't say this as if it were boasting, nor as if it were sorry, nor as if it were angry. It just said it.
"I daren't come and drink," said Jill.
"Then you will die of thirst," said the Lion.
"O dear!" said Jill, coming another step nearer. "I suppose I must go and look for another stream then."
"There is no other stream," said the Lion.

-C. S. Lewis, The Silver Chair, Macmillan Company, 1953.


For some reason, that dialogue reminds a bit of the conversation between Jesus and the woman at the well (John 4). I'll let you decide what the Narnia excerpt has to do with Christian worship. For hints, start with Psalm 42:1-2, John 4, and John 14:6.

Have a great week!

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Dudley-Smith's "As Water to the Thirsty"

The scriptures are full of literary images that attempt to describe the vastness of God's love. Today's WORSHIP QUOTE OF THE WEEK is a hymn text by Timothy Dudley-Smith, a retired Bishop in the Church of England. Here we encounter some "fresh" descriptions of God's relationship with his people.


As water to the thirsty,
as beauty to the eyes,
as strength that follows weakness,
as truth instead of lies;
as songtime and springtime
and summertime to be,
   so is my Lord,
   my living Lord,
so is my Lord to me.

Like calm in place of clamour,
like peace that follows pain,
like meeting after parting,
like sunshine after rain;
like moonlight and starlight
and sunlight on the sea,
   so is my Lord,
   my living Lord,
so is my Lord to me.

As sleep that follows fever,
as gold instead of gray,
as freedom after bondage,
as sunrise to the day;
as home to the traveler
and all we long to see,
  so is my Lord,
  my living Lord,
so is my Lord to me.

-Timothy Dudley-Smith, from Lift Every Heart: Collected Hymns 1961-1983 and Some Early Poems, Hope Publishing Co., 1984.

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Timothy Dudley-Smith admits that this hymn owes something of its origin to the power of Simon and Garfunkel's classic phrase "Like a Bridge Over Troubled Water." In the life of faith, what are the similes that best depict the many facets of Christ's love and care for his people? Here's a little Wednesday morning Bible study for you. The poet provides the following scripture passages to support the images of the Lord that are used in "As Water to the Thirsty."

Psalm 63:1, Psalm 27:4, Psalm 28:7, 1 Thessalonias 1:9, Exodus. 15:2, Song of Solomon 2.

1 Kings 19:11-12, Hebrews 13:20, John 20:11-18, Revelation 1:16, Psalm 104:2.

Psalm 4:8, Matthew 17:2, Psalm 146:7, Malachi 4:2, Luke 16:11-24.

Have a great week!

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