Sunday, November 22, 2015

Lewis: submission to blessing

Sunday, November 22, 2015
    Commemoration of Cecilia, Martyr at Rome, c.230
    Commemoration of Clive Staples Lewis, Spiritual Writer, 1963
    Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!”
    Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.”
    —Matthew 16:22-23 (NIV)
    I am beginning to feel that we need a preliminary act of submission not only toward possible future afflictions but also toward possible future blessings. I know it sounds fantastic; but think it over. It seems to me that we often, almost sulkily, reject the good that God offers us because, at that moment, we expected some other good.
    ... C. S. Lewis (1898-1963), Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer, New York: Harcourt Brace and World, 1964, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2002, p. 26 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 16:22-23; Ps. 84:11; Matt. 7:9-11; Luke 11:11-13; Acts 1:6-7; Rom. 8:28
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, open my eyes to see Your goodness.
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