Rita's Reflections

By Rev. Dr. Rita Sims, Pastor of First United Methodist Church, Kosse

C.S. Lewis decides as a young adult that he will be an atheist, one who does not believe in God. Although he had been raised in the Christian faith, he chooses to turn his back on it. He spends his time and energy as an English Literature Professor at Oxford until 1954.

On September 19, 1931, Lewis’ life is changed from a life of atheism to a life committed to the Christian faith following a conversation with the famous British author J.R.R. Tolkien. This is the way he describes his conversion: "You must picture me alone in that room at Magdalen, night after night, feeling, whenever my mind lifted even for a second from my work, the steady, unrelenting approach of Him whom I so earnestly desired not to meet. That which I greatly feared had at last come upon me…I gave in, and admitted that God was God, and knelt and prayed: perhaps, that night, the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England.”

Lewis commits much of his life to writing Christian based literature following his conversion. One such renowned piece of literature is The Chronicles of Narnia. It is composed of seven fantasy novels aimed at children, but the meaning behind these stories strongly speak of the Christian faith to a person of any age. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe describes the fight between good and evil and God’s ultimate victory through Lewis’ created story.

Beginning on Sunday, February 18 at 4:00 PM, a six-week study is offered following Disneys version of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. Segments of the movie will be shown followed by a discussion of its meaning related to the story of Christ. Older children through adults may find this study to be inspirational, especially during the season of Lent.

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