Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Endings and Beginnings and The Last Battle

My mom is in the hospital after a fall and having a combination of health issues. My parents just celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary this past Sunday, three days ago. I do not have many words right now but want to share something in the midst of this.

We never know how these things will go; doctors are not gods or purveyors of crystal ball predictions, and thankfully these good doctors helping us do not pretend to be. But in the stream of thoughts going through my mind as I looked at this photo taken in an earlier chapter of life, which my sister posted on Facebook earlier, C. S. Lewis' The Last Battle just came to mind, and I found this quote. It seems especially fitting, given the number of battles my mom has waged in her life and the faith that has sustained her and us through all of them:


“And as He spoke, He no longer looked to them like a lion; but the things that began to happen after that were so great and beautiful that I cannot write them. And for us this is the end of all the stories, and we can most truly say that they all lived happily ever after. But for them it was only the beginning of the real story. All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on for ever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.”




10 comments:

Janet said...

I will be praying for all of you.

AMDG

Tim Watkins said...

I'm so sorry to hear about this. I'm praying for you.

Sally said...

Beautiful quotation from C.S. Lewis! How appropriate. Mary Jane is a special friend from many years ago at Camp Wyldewood. She is a beautiful person who deserves a rest.

David Lynn said...

Shelia,My prayers are with you,your family, and medical staff attending to her.I will be looking for updates.

Rachelle Tedesco said...

Justin and I will be praying for your mother, family, and the medical staff. We love you.

John W Moore said...

I am praying for the battle and for the honor of Aslan. All comfort for you and your family, my friend.

Lucy said...

You are in my thoughts.

The sea of white lilies at the end of 'The Voyage of the Dawn Treader'.

Dave Bland said...

Sheila, these are extremely difficult times for your family. I'm praying

Betty Copeland said...

Thinking of your family and the precious people from Brownsville days. Your mother will be whole again soon and looking more and more like her beautiful picture. May the LORD be near to all of you and especially to your mother.

suz rubio said...

Beautiful truth, the ultimate reality for us all. You are deeply loved by many who will wait and pray with you.