I’m sitting here thinking about a bunch of things and I can’t seem to remember anything I said today. That’s a good sign. Sometimes we need to get our heads out of the clouds and pay attention to the here and now. So I’m going to share a few of my favorite quotes.
“When you’re walking down the street at night, you see all the people in the street.
We tend to think, “Oh, that’s an odd thing to see in the middle of the night.” But what if we could see it everywhere? What if we could see all the people in the world and our own faces? Then we wouldn’t have to worry about being alone in the dark.
The quote in the photo above is a great example of this. It’s from a book called The Light Within by C.S. Lewis. Lewis was not a big-time Christian writer at the time. But he was a big-time reader. He wrote a book called The Screwtape Letters a lot like this quote.
For Lewis, Christianity was about thinking through thoughts and actions in order to get yourself to Jesus. That’s not in opposition to the idea of looking at every day and seeing how things are. But for Lewis, Christianity was about the idea of thinking and being active in order to make our way to Jesus. That’s not in opposition to the idea of looking at every day and seeing how things are.
As a Christian, Lewis used to go to church in his hometown of London in the late 20s and early 30s. In the 50s and early 60s, he was a fan of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Hendrix, and The Small Faces. As a fan of all those bands, Lewis also used to attend the famous pop-up church that was built outside the village of St. Albans in the late 60s and early 70s.
St. Albans is now in the news as a result of The Beatles’ first visit there. He was there as a teenager, but sadly died from a drug overdose. It’s said that Lewis was so affected by this experience that he spent the rest of his life singing in parades, playing music in nightclubs, and touring with the band.
I’ve always loved his voice, and I think he used to be one of those guys who could only sing in church. I’m not sure how his career started but I suspect it was just his name that caught the ears of people who knew nothing about him. He was a folk-rocker, so his voice was going to have a lot of folk-rock references.
Lewis was a folk-rocker? His voice was going to have a lot of folk-rock references? I don’t understand.