Saturday, October 14, 2006

Quote of the Week

This week's quote of the week was sent to me by my pastor.

"For my own part, I tend to find the doctrinal books often more helpful in devotion than the devotional books, and I rather suspect that the same experience may await others. I believe that many who find that "nothing happens" when they sit down, or kneel down, to a book of devotion, would find that the heart sings unbidden while they are working their way through a tough bit of theology with a pipe in their teeth and a pencil in their hand'"

--C. S. Lewis, from a preface he wrote for a translation of Athanasius' The Incarnation of the Word of God

I don't study with a pipe in my teeth, but I do read with a pencil in my hand and have often been moved to joy or tears when the light dawns on "a tough bit of theology" with which I've been wrangling. I know many of you feel the same.

Seeing the cup of tea at his elbow, I can't resist sharing another of my favorite C. S. Lewis quotes:

"You can't get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me."

I can relate to both quotes, can't you? (And don't you love the look on his face?)

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