In Touch August 27, 2010
Posted on August 27, 2010 by under Touché,

Screwtape and Endless End of Summer

 “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart”  (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

 I have had a C.S. Lewis summer.  Carol O’Malley loaned me a copy of The Great Courses lectures that featured Lewis’ writings and his life.  I had twelve hours of  Lewis on my drive to Michigan. This past Wednesday a group from the church went down to the city to see Max Mclean in Lewis’ Screwtape Letters.  Lewis is a theologian of pleasure and of longing.  He sees in pleasure the hand of God’s touch upon humanity with everything that is beautiful.  Our deepest joy points us to the even deeper joy that is at the center of creation and is “the serious business of heaven.”  Our deepest longings point us to our deepest needs.  We have a longing for eternity.  It is planted in our hearts.  For Lewis this speaks to us of the truth that we were made forever.

 As we come to the end of summer I hear again and again some variation on the phrase: “I can’t believe that summer is almost over,” or “this summer (or this life for that matter)” has just flown by.”  Those comments, for Lewis, point to a deeper truth- we were made for eternity and it is planted deep in our souls.  When we are surprised by how quickly time goes by we are really touching our deeper truth that we know we were made for forever.

 The Beach Boys sing of endless summer.  This side of eternity it is a nice song that seems to speak to the “real world” of getting back to business, school and work.  But the real world is but a mist that covers the reality of the kingdom of God.  We are meant forever and the Beach Boys song could be a hymn of faith that does not lament the end of summer, but the deeper joy of all that God intends.  I hope you had a good summer, but I know you will have a better forever.

 In Christ,