Aslan on the Move
Lewis’ powerful allegory, THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA. Today’s WORSHIP QUOTE
may remind us of what the Bible means by the "fear of God."
ASLAN ON THE MOVE
[Mr. and Mrs. Beaver have just told Susan and the other children that they
will certainly meet Aslan, the great Lion, the King of the wood and the son
of the great Emperor-Beyond-the-Sea. Susan is asking some questions about
Aslan. . . .]
"I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion."
"That you will, dearie, and no mistake," said Mrs. Beaver, "if there's
anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knees knocking they’re
either braver than most or else just silly."
"Then he isn’t safe?" said Lucy.
"Safe?" said Mr. Beaver. "Don't you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you?
Who said anything about safe? ’Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the
King, I tell you."
— C. S. Lewis (1898-1963), THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE. New York:
Macmillan Company, 1950 [Collier Books Edition, 1970, p. 75.] ISBN
[For some reason Mr. and Mrs. Beaver sound like the psalmist in Psalm 33 and
Psalm 111. See what you think; and please remember that Narnia is not just
for children. C. S. Lewis fans may want to take a look at the WQOTW index by
author. Perhaps you’ll find something for
your summer reading list.]
Have a great week,
Director, Institute for Christian Worship
School of Church Music and Worship
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary