Safe?

As she sat on the edge of my bed I could tell from her body language that she was feeling excitement and awe. Her eyes were almost dancing with wonder and her smile was full of confidence, yet at the same time, child like. “Dad, I know it’s not Thursday night, but can I talk about chapter 2 with you before next week?” I manage to say “of course” and hide the emotion in my voice. She is 15 and she is going though a lot, it’s so encouraging to see her come alive with our study. I am encouraged and filled with so much love and fatherly pride.

I am taking 5 of our kids, the teens, through “Crazy Love” by Francis Chan every Thursday night. The questions and discussions that come from the study have been great! My daughter reminded me of one of my favorite quotes as we discussed a few things about chapter 2. I wanted to share it.

“Is—is he a man?” asked Lucy.


“Aslan a man!” said Mr. Beaver sternly. “Certainly not. I tell you he is the King of the wood and the son of the great Emperor-Beyond-the-Sea. Don’t you know who is the King of Beasts? Aslan is a lion—the lion, the great Lion.”


“Ooh!” said Susan, “I’d thought he was a man. Is he—quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion.”


“That you will, dearie, and no mistake,” said Mrs. Beaver; “if there’s anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knees knocking, they’re either braver than most or else just silly.”


“Then he isn’t safe?” said Lucy.


“Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis

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