Soulful Sayings

From C.S. LewisThe Problem of Pain:

There have been times when I think we do not desire heaven: but more often I find myself wondering whether, in our heart of hearts, we have ever desired anything else . . . All the things that have ever deeply possessed your soul have been but hints of it – tantalizing glimpses, promises never quite fulfilled, echoes that died away just as they caught your ear.  But if it should really become manifest – if there ever came an echo that did not die away but swelled into the sound itself – you would know it.  Beyond all possibility of doubt you would say ‘here at last is the thing I was made for.’  We cannot tell each other about it. It is the secret signature of each soul, the incommunicable and unappeasable want, the thing we desire before we met our wives or made our friends or chose our work, and which we shall still desire on our deathbeds, when the mind no longer knows wife or friend or work.  While we are, this is. If we lose this, we lose all.

He makes each soul unique. If He had no use for all these differences, I do not see why He should have created more souls than one.  Be sure that the ins and outs of your individuality are no mystery to Him; and one day they will no longer be a mystery to you.  The mold in which a key is made would be a strange thing if you had never seen a key; and the key itself a strange thing if you had never seen a lock.  Your soul has a curious shape because it is a hollow made to fit a particular swelling in the infinite contours of the Divine substance, or a key to unlock one of the doors in the house with many mansions.  For it is not humanity in the abstract that is to be saved, but you – you, the individual reader, John Stubbs or Janet Smith.  Blessed and fortunate creature, your eyes shall behold Him and not another’s.  All that you are, sins apart, is destined, if you will let God have his good way, to utter satisfaction.

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~ by Dave Smith on May 3, 2010.

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