The Weight of Glory1
I wish that I could truthfully say that everything I’ve ever read by C.S. Lewis has been fully comprehended by this layman. But I can truthfully say, along with countless others over the past decades, that Lewis has been an instrument in my life to awaken dull imaginations and a desire to pursue joy in Christ more fully and energetically. “The Weight of Glory” is one such essay of Lewis’ that continues to stir godly desire within me and a hope to view my fellow man with eternity in perspective every time I read it.
Should you decide to read “The Weight of Glory”, below are some questions you might ask yourself as you read. They are taken from HarperOne Reading and Discussion Guide for “The Weight of Glory”:
There are five things we know of heaven: we will be with Christ, be like him, have glory, enjoy a feast, and have some sort of role to play. Lewis asks, “Why any one of them except the first? (pp. 4-5) Can anything be added to the conception of being with Christ?” What do you think?
“There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilization—these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat,” Lewis writes. “It is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit—immortal horrors or everlasting splendours” (p.9) Does that statement make you think differently about what it means to interact with others and, particularly, what it means to love your neighbor?
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