01 February 2005

marshmallows and stars

...i was having a good talk with my dear friend samuel and the topic of heaven began and what it would be like.

...everyone knows of the friends that one can go and get a cup of coffee with, or go to a movie or basketball game or some sort of entertainment with...but there are very few friends that one can sit across from at 3am with a bowl of cereal and talk of the most random things and not mind at all. its the friendship. its the comfort that the friendship brings.

...sam and i decided in heaven the friendships will be wonderful and no evil will seep its way into them and it will consist of eating lots of bowls of cereal and talking about random things. our concentration will be on Jesus and together, with each other, we will praise Him for eternity. how incredible this is.

...another small tidbit was from my girl spiro...this is something incredible to keep in mind...

"To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries, avoid all entanglements, lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket--safe, dark, motionless, airless--it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. The alternative to tragedy, or at least the risk of tragedy, is damnation...We shall draw nearer to God not by trying to avoid the sufferings inherent in all loves, but by accepting them, and offering them to Him; throwing away all defensive armour. If our hearts need to be broken, and if He chooses this as the way in which they should break, so be it."
-- C. S. Lewis, in The Four Loves

"Christ, who said to the disciples 'Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you,' can truly say to every group of Christian friends 'You have not chosen one another but I have chosen you for one another.' The friendship is not a reward for our discrimination and good taste in finding one another out. It is the instrument by which God reveals to each the beauties of all the others. They are no greater than the beauties of a thousand other men; [but] by friendship God opens our eyes to them. They are, like all beauties, derived from Him, and then, in a good friendship, increased by Him through the friendship itself, so that it is His instrument for creating as well as for revealing. At this feast it is He who has spread the board and it is He who has chosen the guests. It is He, we may dare to hope, who sometimes does, and always should, preside. Let us not reckon without our Host."
-- C.S. Lewis, in "The Four Loves"

...thats my response to the email cp's...i truly think thats the way we need to look at it.

ps. sorry about the wrong email spi.

alright, i'm signing off...off to work with the wonderful little Jewish children.

2 comments:

This Is My Story said...

Hi Melanie!
I'm Elizabeth Feaker, one of Rachel Reed's good friends. She told me about your blog, so I came to check it out! :-) I just wanted to say I really needed to hear the quotes from C.S. Lewis' "The Four Loves", so thank you for posting them. They were really encouraging! :-)

Cap'n Geech said...

Melanie! You must be the first person in the world I've found who cherishes the distinction between Marshmallows and Stars and Lucky Charms. They are obviously not the same thing. I would eat a bowl right now, but it snowed like crazy and I don't want to get in a wreck going to the store to buy some. Take Care sis!

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