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How longing is having


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Picture from scatteringthelight. Here is a little excerpt from Surprised by Joy, describing how CS Lewis realised that longing for Joy and having Joy are one and the same (and I appreciate the comment on Wordsworth). At that very moment there arose the memory of a place and time at which I had tasted the

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Violent negative demands


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So much to love about CS Lewis, and when I read such things as this, I smile and I “get” it (from the chapter titled Light and Shade in Surprised by Joy, which is really a very interesting chapter: At the same time I now see that my view was closely connected with a certain lop-sidedness

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Little mossy gardens and Joy


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I went and sat in the Arboretum cafe this afternoon, for the sake of leaving the house and driving in the countryside. It’s very pleasant on yonder hill. The cafe is a vast high-ceilinged cavernous space, but is strangely not noisy and stark, and it has this vista in its favour, this being taken from

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The Lord is my Illumination


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I feel like I have been in a little bit of a funk thus far this January. Hanging about at home trying to think of things to do, murmuring resentments to myself at times about circumstances not going well, that sort of thing (I have been reading, and lately finished The Light Between Oceans and

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A little piece on homesickness


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Dearly beloved readers, apologies for a long silence. I know I am not supposed to write such things, because I am supposed to privilege “real life”, but I can’t help feeling nevertheless that those who read this blog would have more of an idea of what it is that lights my fire than many I

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