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“Courage, dear heart” – What we all need…

This is why I write and I wonder if you feel it too: do you ever get that failing feeling as if it is all too much? How do I navigate, make my way through tomorrow, and the day after that? Some days are like that, and I have found this ancient text reverberating in my heart and coursing through my soul and spirit:
“Unless the Lord had helped me, I would have soon settled in the silence of the grave. I cried out, “I am slipping?” But your unfailing love, O Lord, supported me. When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.” Psalm 94: 17–19.

If you are a lover of books and reading like I am, it is fascinating how you can come across a line, a paragraph, a thought, that wholly and suddenly shifts your focus, like a soft blanket warmly wrapping you, or even a bracing tonic giving you an influx of energy.

The Chronicles of Narnia are a set of books written by C. S. Lewis, and in these fascinating tales, we often find passages, paragraphs, and ideas that inspire and encourage us.

“Courage, dear heart,” is a quote is from “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” one of the books in the series mentioned above.

And this was happening:

Lucy and the others are on the ship heading into turbulent, dark, and uncharted waters. They are all terrified and worry that Aslan has led them in the wrong direction, set the wrong course.

During the turmoil on the ship, Lucy whispers, “Aslan, Aslan, if ever you loved us at all, send help to us now.” And then, Lewis writes: “The darkness did not grow any less, but she began to feel a little—a very, very little—better.”

Then Lucy hears a whisper in reply: “Courage, dear heart” and she knew it was Aslan whispering to her.”

(You can find the full post in the Blog section – https://judygibson.ca/courage-dear-heart-what-we-need-for-the-new-year/