Lenten Journey Day 8 – The Joy of Genesis

Webster says that Genesis is the origin or coming into being of something. The scripture verses and book references to “Perelandra” have led me to merely hypothesize to their meaning. In the beginning as in Genesis there was joy! Joyful conversations between man and God, it was perfect until sin entered and then separation occurred between man and God. This separation did not bring joy to man or God, the devil/the evil one; however, was over-joyed believing that he had won. But that was not the end of the human story and nor was it the end of God’s relationship with man. God is able to bring about peace, joy and renewed relationships out of the worst of situations we create. All is not lost, you are not forgotten and you are absolutely LOVED by God. Trust in God’s saving grace and experience “joy” especially through the rough paths this conditional life brings. You are never alone, God is always with you! You were created with purpose, be joyful in your pursuit!

Hebrews 12:1-13 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says, “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.” Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. “Make level paths for your feet,” so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.”

Psalm 31:21-24 “Praise be to the Lord, for he showed me the wonders of his love when I was in a city under siege. In my alarm I said, “I am cut off from your sight!” Yet you heard my cry for mercy when I called to you for help. Love the Lord, all his faithful people! The Lord preserves those who are true to him, but the proud he pays back in full. Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.”

~Blessings and Peace~
Preparing for Easter by C.S.Lewis
Perelandra by C.S.Lewis
The C.S.Lewis Encyclopedia by Colin Duriez