When I attempt the ineffable Name, murmuring Thou,
And dream of Pheidian fancies and embrace in heart
Symbols (I know) which cannot be the thing Thou art.
Thus always, taken at their word, all prayers blaspheme
Worshiping with frail images a folk-lore dream,
And all men in their praying, self-deceived, address
The coinage of their own unquiet thoughts, unless
Thou in magnetic mercy to Thyself divert
Our arrows, aimed unskillfully, beyond desert;
And all men are idolaters, crying unheard
To a deaf idol, if Thou take them at their word.
Take not, O Lord, our literal sense. Lord, in thy great
Unbroken speech our limping metaphor translate.”
C. S. Lewis
Moving From Head to Heart
- Have you ever thought of your prayers as “aimed unskillfully … to a deaf idol” if not for the mercy of God?
- Imagine the multitudes offering prayers which God can’t possibly take literally. Is this just others, or does it include your group?
- Is there hope for heretics? What about for you and your “limping metaphors?”
Abba, thank you for all the bypaths that by your mercy become sources of life.
For More: The Pilgrim’s Regress by C.S. Lewis
These “Daily Riches” are for your encouragement as you seek after God and he seeks after you. I appreciate your interest! – Bill (Psalm 90:14)