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C. S. Lewis Daily: 1/13/14

January 13, 2014

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Another letter by Lewis, but this one near the end of his life (just over five months before his death). They are words of comfort to someone fearing death. Read and share your thoughts below!

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TO MARY WILLIS SHELBURNE: On how to rehearse for death and how to diminish fear.

17 June 1963

Pain is terrible, but surely you need not have fear as well? Can you not see death as the friend and deliverer? It means stripping off that body which is tormenting you: like taking off a hair- shirt or getting out of a dungeon. What is there to be afraid of? You have long attempted (and none of us does more) a Christian life. Your sins are confessed and absolved. Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave it with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.

Remember, though we struggle against things because we are afraid of them, it is often the other way round—we get afraid be- cause we struggle. Are you struggling, resisting? Don’t you think Our Lord says to you ‘Peace, child, peace. Relax. Let go. Underneath are the everlasting arms. Let go, I will catch you. Do you trust me so little?’

Of course, this may not be the end. Then make it a good rehearsal.

Yours (and like you a tired traveller near the journey’s end) Jack

From The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume III
Compiled in Yours, Jack


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The Collected Letters of C. S. Lewis, Volume III: Narnia, Cambridge, and Joy 1950-1963. Copyright © 2007 by C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved.  Yours, Jack: Spiritual Direction from C. S. Lewis. Copyright © 2008 by C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved.
2 Comments leave one →
  1. Paul Blackham permalink
    January 13, 2014 10:21 am

    Outside of the Bible, no writer has been more instrumental in making me look forward to heaven than C.S. Lewis. I think that’s his greatest gift to me. And this particular letter to The American Lady was written on the day I was born!

  2. deweydecimalsbutler permalink
    January 13, 2014 10:23 am

    What a wonderful way to look at Death. It reminds me of Donne’s “Death Be Not Proud.”

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