One thing I miss terribly about homeschooling is reading aloud to my kids. Last month I realized this really isn’t a difficult problem to solve, I simply need to carve out time to read before they leave for school. I always want to make the most of time spent reading aloud so I choose my books carefully. For the next many months, we’ll work our way through The Chronicles of Narnia. Thankfully, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is a relatively short book, so we are brimming with success at having finished it last week.
If you haven’t read these books, don’t delay. I read them for the first time as a college student and couldn’t believe that I had missed them in my childhood. I have never liked fantasy, so I wasn’t drawn to them, but Russ persuaded me to give the series a try, and I’m so glad I did.
Earlier in the week we read the saddest section of the book, where Aslan dies at the hands of the White Witch. Susan and Lucy are weeping and Lewis writes, “It was all more lonely and hopeless and horrid than I know how to describe.”
A moment later, with the children listening closely, I came to this,
I hope no one who reads this book has been quite as miserable as Susan and Lucy were that night; but if you have been — if you’ve been up all night and cried till you have no more tears left in you — you will know that there comes in the end a sort of quietness. You feel as if nothing was ever going to happen again.
My throat felt thick and tears were close, but I managed to read through it, knowing that this time of great sadness was only temporary because Aslan was soon going to rise again. Not only that, he was going to restore the the creatures the witch had turned to stone by breathing life back into them. The beautiful description of life returning gives me hope.
Last Friday marked three months since the accident and Kalkidan rushing into the arms of Jesus – where I believe she experienced a love so powerful and healing that we can’t quite imagine it.
Daffodils are blooming, warmth is slowly returning, and Easter is coming. Today, I feel hopeful.
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In the links above, I featured a particular edition of the books that I think is very beautiful. We own them in hardcover as well as in paperback – and if you want to know, my favorite is The Horse and His Boy, although I’m open to changing my opinion. Who knows what I’ll think as I read them again.
Have you read The Chronicles of Narnia? Have your children read them?
I hope your week is off to a good start, friends.
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