Sunday, December 28, 2008
A Bit Of Inspiration
Harry from Pleasanton, Texas, recalled how he'd finished up work late one night and stopped for some takeout food. On the way home, he spied a homeless man trying to find refuge from the harsh weather. Harry gave him his food and the homeless man expressed thanks, saying, "I'll pray for you tonight, sir." The parting words deeply resonated with Harry as he laid comfortably in bed that night. "Here's a man who had nothing, needed everything, full of despair, and he was thinking of me and he said his prayers for me," Harry said, "the impact it made on me was that no matter how desperate we are in life ... we'll always have the one thing that all of us need to help our fellow man and that is the capacity for compassion."
"The Chronicles began with a picture in his mind of this fawn carrying parcels and an umbrella in a snowy wood. And he’d had this picture in his mind from the time he was sixteen and when he was about forty, he tried to write a story about it. And at the same time, he was having dreams, nightmares really, of lions. And that’s where the character Aslan kind of just jumped into the story and, as Lewis said, brought the Christian element in with him.” -- Will Vaus discussing the origins and influences of C.S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia.