As Lucy feels the darkness devour her hope, an albatross swoops into the cloudy nightmare and whispers in her ear: "Courage, Dear Heart." She recognizes his breath as the breath of her beloved Aslan, the Great Lion, who can assume different forms and is the Christ figure in this series.
I have a bracelet with "Courage, Dear Heart" printed on it. I wear it everyday. It's my "jewelry tattoo." I had it made when I felt like I would never escape the nightmare of chronic illness. I wanted to remember that Jesus wants to enter the nightmare with us, to breathe his divine life into us, to give us courage. I wanted to remember that sickness is not the worst thing that could happen to me. A life detached from Jesus' love is. And in some crazy way, God would use the nightmare to teach me His love.
And he has. Somehow, he turned the nightmare into a gift. It is a gift that has, miraculously, eclipsed even the gift of healing. It's a gift I want to give and give and give away.
Hopeful, light-filled Sunday, my courageous friends.
© by scj