Taller when they bow

I’ve been reading a lot the last few weeks. I have always been a reader, but with all the weaning off meds, stress and the sleepless nights I’ve been tearing through books. Some have been quite good, but some have been downright horrid. There is much I will tolerated for a good story, but…

Anyhow, that is not the point of the this post. I went over 1 Corinthians 13 with the kids the other day, trying to explain agape (charity) love, and decided today to reread sections of the “Four Loves” by C.S. Lewis to more ideas. Lewis did such a wonderful job writing the book that I found myself sucked in again. I want to share one part in particular that caught my eye: Lewis writes the reasons he saved the discussion of Charity for last, saving its question of”rivalry” with affection, friendship and eros loves until the end. “But to stress the rivalry eariler in this book would have been premature…the claim to divinity which our loves so easily make can be refuted without going so far that. The loves prove they are unworthy to take the place of GOD by the fact they cannot even remain themselves and do what they promise without Gods help….even for their own sake the loves must submit to be second things if they are remain the things they want to be. In this yoke lies their true freedom; they are ‘taller when they bow’. For when God rules in a human heart, though He may sometimes have to remove certain of its native authorities altogether, He often continues others in their offices and, by subjecting their authority to His, gives it for the first time, a firm base.” (p118,119).

Now, this post may not be well written…bear in mind I’ve gotten maybe 3-4 hours of sleep;)



Scott has discovered the world of Narnia, and actually read the first book (in order of publication): The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Today, we watched the live action version (with me sitting holding the “skip” button for those scary parts). The movie contains so much more violence than the books. Sammie was in awe. When Daddy came home from work, she told him, “Aslan died, but then he came back to life!”

I skipped the actual “dying” scene.

I want to share my favorite books with the kids. I have to be careful, in case I shove a book at them they aren’t interested in, but in this care, they were.