Hello my nerdlings! Hasn’t this week been a blast?! Thanks for joining my birthday celebration!
With a whole week dedicated to C.S. Lewis, I think it’s safe to say I have a little crush on C.S. Lewis. Wait, no. It’s a huge crush on him! There’s no use hiding it anymore.
It’s a snowy Tuesday here in Missouri, so I think today would be a good day for a poem. Did you know that C.S. Lewis was also a poet? Yea, he truly did it all! No wonder I love him, right?
If you’ve read much of C.S. Lewis, you know he can be deep and clever, smart and sassy, intellectual and full of wonder. But, did you know he can help you pray? Well, that’s what this poem does for me. He wrote it as a prayer and I often use it at the end of a long ministry day to help guide my thoughts.
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Sometimes poetry can help us understand ourselves better. And, since the first time I read this poem, I’ve found that C.S. Lewis really got it; he knows how I sometimes feel even better than I do. It’s as if his words give me a lens into my own heart and then a voice to express it.
From all my lame defeats and oh! much more
From all the victories that I seemed to score;
From cleverness shot forth on Thy behalf
at which, while angels weep, the audience laugh;
From all my proofs of Thy divinity,
Thou, who wouldst give no sign, deliver me.
Thoughts are but coins. Let me not trust, instead
Of Thee, their thin-worn image of Thy head.
From all my thoughts, even from my thoughts of Thee,
O thou fair Silence, fall, and set me free.
Lord of the narrow gate and the needle’s eye,
Take from me all my trumpery lest I die.
(C.S. Lewis, Poems (New York: Harcourt, 1992), 131.)
With you, my sister, I say “Amen!”
If you like this poem and it gives your heart a voice, you should check out “As the Ruin Falls.” Oh man, it is beautiful and honest.
Nerds, thank you so much for letting my inner nerd run free with you! Now, go grab yourself some entries into the C.S. Lewis Swag Bag contest. You can enter once a day. We’ll continue the party tomorrow … see you then!
Do you have an author crush? If so, do share!