Reading: A Grief Observed – C.S. Lewis (2)

by Christian Thomas Golden

“What do people mean when they say, ‘I am not afraid of God because I know He is good?’ Have they never been to a dentist? Yet this is unendurable. And then one babbles – ‘if only I could bear it, or the worst of it, or any of it, instead of her.’ But one can’t tell how serious that bid is, for nothing is a staked on it. If it suddenly became a real possibility, then, for the first time, we should discover how seriously we had meant it But is it ever allowed? It was allowed to One, we are told, and I find I can now believe again, that He has done vicariously whatever can be so done. He replies to our babble, ‘You cannot and you dare not. I could and dared.'” – C.S. Lewis: A Grief Observed