I walked through Oxford today. Martin and I followed the tour from the C.S. Lewis foundation webpage. It was extraordinary. I was humbled and amazed at the place of Oxford itself, the architecture, the story of Lewis’ conversion to Christianity and the thoughtfulness with which he approached his faith. The famous novelist of “The Chronicles of Narnia” was intimate friends with J. R. R. Tolkien and we visited the pubs where they hung out to drink a pint or two. We looked through the window of the room where he made his decision that the story of Christ was true. It was amazing. In a land where there is a church on nearly every block, I was struck today by how deeply the roots of Christianity are here. Unfortunately, so much so that many don’t even notice them anymore.
My trip as been amazing as well. We attended the Proms in Hyde Park. I waved my Union Jack flag and bopped up and down with the rest of the Brits singing Land of Hope and Glory and Rule Britannia. We’ve had our first fight. Our first make-up session. I got to cook him a meal that he loved. Every so often I look over at him not believing that I’m actually here WITH him. But at the same time it has taken no time at all for us to feel as if we’d been here all along, right by each other’s side.
I don’t have lots of time to write today but I’ll leave with a quote from the man I thought of much today. Grateful that I stuck my neck out to have it possibly wrung. That is life. That is love. I do believe that is what we are here for in the first place. Risk your heart to care for someone other than you. It is after all, worth it in the end.
From C.S. Lewis
“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly 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.”