Tag Archives: a grief observed

C. S. LEWIS DAILY: OCTOBER 9

Lewis, grieving the death of his wife, Joy: On the other hand, ‘Knock and it shall be opened.’ But does knocking mean hammering and kicking the door like a maniac? And there’s also ‘To him that hath shall be given.’ … Continue reading

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C. S. LEWIS DAILY: OCTOBER 2

Lewis, grieving the death of his wife, Joy: ‘It was too perfect to last,’ so I am tempted to say of our marriage. But it can be meant in two ways. It may be grimly pessimistic — as if God … Continue reading

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C. S. LEWIS DAILY: SEPTEMBER 18

On Freedom (and predestination) Heaven will solve our problems, but not, I think, by showing us subtle reconciliations between all our apparently contradictory notions. The notions will all be knocked from under our feet. We shall see that there never … Continue reading

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C. S. LEWIS DAILY: JULY 15

On masculine and feminine For a good wife contains so many persons in herself. What was H. not to me? She was my daughter and my mother, my pupil and my teacher, my subject and my sovereign; and always, holding … Continue reading

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C. S. LEWIS DAILY: JULY 7

Lewis, grieving the death of his wife, Joy: What sort of a lover am I to think so much about my affliction and so much less about hers? Even the insane call, ‘Come back,’ is all for my own sake. … Continue reading

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C. S. LEWIS DAILY: JUNE 16

Lewis, grieving the death of his wife, Joy: Why has no one told me these things? How easily I might have misjudged another man in the same situation? I might have said, ‘He’s got over it. He’s forgotten his wife,’ … Continue reading

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C. S. LEWIS DAILY: JUNE 10

Lewis, grieving the death of his wife, Joy: They tell me H. is happy now, they tell me she is at peace. What makes them so sure of this? I don’t mean that I fear the worst of all. Nearly … Continue reading

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C. S. LEWIS DAILY: JUNE 6

Lewis, grieving the death of his wife, Joy: Meanwhile, where is God? This is one of the most disquieting symptoms. When you are happy, so happy that you have no sense of needing Him, so happy that you are tempted … Continue reading

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C. S. LEWIS DAILY: JUNE 2

Lewis, grieving the death of his wife, Joy: What does it matter how this grief of mine evolves or what I do with it? What does it matter how I remember her or whether I remember her at all? None … Continue reading

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C. S. LEWIS DAILY: MAY 30

Lewis, grieving the death of his wife, Joy: No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear. I am not afraid, but the sensation is like being afraid. The same fluttering in the stomach, the same restlessness, the … Continue reading

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