Advent in Narnia: Week One – The Lamppost

Lucy and the Lamppost

Hello friends—

Welcome to a new day!

November 29th, 2020

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” ~John 1:5

Day 2: Follow along in Chapter 1 in “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” and lesson 2 in “Advent in Narnia.”

The story tells us that Lucy discovers the lamppost and observes the curious scenery as she is walking through the wardrobe. How surprised would you be if while walking in the forest you came across a lamppost and it was illuminated. There is a history behind this seemingly odd lamppost, it had grew from an earthly lamppost. The White Witch in the story had previously used it as a weapon and it was transformed into a lonely but shining light by Aslan. It served as a boundary between Narnia and “the wild woods of the west.” The lamppost was a living thing, no one ever lit it, no one ever blew it out, it has no fuel and the White Witch’s winter never snuffed it out. It indeed served as a boundary but also a promise from Aslan that broken things can be made new and alive. The lamppost is a beacon in the face of the dark, dreary and cold mystical spell that covered the land.

God uses broken things and makes them new.

“The vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as seemed good to him.” Jeremiah 18:4

The Japanese use a technique called Kintsugi to repair broken ceramic using lacquerware often a mixture of gold, silver and platinum. As a philosophy it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise or discard. It is made new and is of valuable use.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kintsugi

I love the imagery and imagination of C. S. Lewis and it’s agelessness across over the years since this story was originally written/published on October 16, 1950. 

As we approach Advent, many of us use candles and wreaths along with Christmas lights to illuminate the darkness. Advent is a season of celebration of the birth of Jesus, He is the light of the world. Just as the lamppost is alive and was there in the forest at the beginning, so was/is Jesus.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” ~John 1:1

Jesus was and is a light that was broken and made new in the Resurrection. Jesus is the Light that shines through darkness for everyone. The Light of Jesus serves as a beckon to the world and our curiosity draws us to seek Him.

“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” ~John 8:12

Things to Ponder:

• Do you have any special lights around your home this season? *I keep a lamp turned on that sits next to my manger set that I leave out all year long. It brings me much comfort and joy seeing the baby representing Jesus, and Mary & Joseph, the animals, the kings and an Angel.

• Quote by writer, Ann Lamont, “Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining.” Does this resonate with Christ being the Light of the World? *I would agree with the writer and I’ve read her work and have enjoyed her unique perspective on the christian life. God loves us and is always with us, especially when we think we are not worthy, of course we are unworthy, Jesus died for us because He loves us and wanted to redeems us. 

• Do you have a metaphor you would use to describe the light of Christ in your life this season? Is it glowing brightly, faintly, or way off in the distance? Perhaps you could write about it in a prayer or a poem or maybe a metaphor of the lamppost. *God is the supplier of my strength, not a materialistic protein powder kind of supplement way but through the power of the Holy Spirit and quiet meditation and study of His Word. In this season of Advent, I can see the lamppost in the distance and I’m committed to follow where it leads. 

Original quote, “It’s darkest before dawn, it’s been cloudy for days!” ~C.A.Robinson©️ 11/10/2015

“Everything becomes more and more itself. Here is joy that cannot be shaken. Our light can swallow up your darkness; but your darkness cannot now infect our light.” ~C.S.Lewis

~Peace~ Charlotte

So, here we are on day two of exploring Advent, not much has changed in the world since yesterday. I am thankful to have experienced the blessing of a new day. Life will always have its ups and downs, accepting that can help us on our journey and to provide a clearer perspective. Nearly every night I have a ritual of sorts I do just for me. I come home from work, fix a small dinner/snack, watch TV and light some candles. This is a way of pampering myself, often I use lavender scented candles or rain/ocean scents. A favorite one is fresh cut grass! I sit back and relax and enjoy the relaxing ambiance of the moment. I hope you have some favorite things you do just for yourself because you are so deserving. During these difficult times of isolation due to the pandemic it is essential to find ways to stay connected. I am a “people” person, I like to be near my friends, I’m a hugger and handshaker! I am fearful that these things will become taboo in the future. Steadfast, we must be steadfast and not lose sight of the things that connect human to human. The past several months have been hard for me to navigate because of all the precautions in place, I thank God for the individuals in my life that have been an anchor for me. If you are struggling and need to talk with someone, please do so. I have listed some agencies below with their web address. As we continue our journey through Narnia and Advent, my prayers will include peace, guidance, understanding and God’sWill in all things.

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‼️HELP WEBSITES ‼️

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Calling the Hotline

Home

https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline

https://www.top10.com/online-therapy/depression-comparison

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