C.S. Lewis the Poet

July 1, 2008 at 4:58 pm 1 comment

“All this flashy rhetoric about loving you.
I never had a selfless thought since I was born.
I am a mercenary and self-seeking through and through;
I want God, you, all friends, merely to serve my turn.
Peace, reassurance, pleasure, are the goals I seek,
I cannot crawl one inch outside my proper skin;
I talk of love – a scholar’s parrot may talk Greek –
But, self-imprisoned, always end where I begin.”

C.S. Lewis

This is one of the reasons I love to read Lewis, he is reflective, thoughtful, and brutally honest in his writing.

I remember the first time I read this poem, I was forced to think of own state of depravity in contrast to the riches of God’s grace shown to me in the Gospel.

Entry filed under: Religion, Thoughts.

A Thought on Personal Revelation. Individuals and the Church (as community)

1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Rose Marie Mansfield  |  July 1, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    When I read Lewis’s poem, I thought, how does he know me. Thank God for adoption through propitiation. To understand the depth of what that means, is to live a different life.


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