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Wait! God Kills People?

Last week, we started reading The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis with our children.   In the second chapter, I was excited about reaching a certain passage because the words are soul-grabbing.  Although I didn’t expect our kids to grasp the concept, their response was shocking.

“Are you not thirsty?” said the Lion.

“I’m dying of thirst,” said Jill.

“Then drink,” said the Lion.

“May I – could I – would you mind going away while I do?” said Jill.

The Lion answered this only by a look and a very low growl.  And as Jill gazed at its motionless bulk, she realized that she might as well have asked the whole mountain to move aside for her convenience.

The delicious rippling noise of the stream was driving her nearly frantic.

“Will you promise not to – do anything to me, if I do come?” said Jill

“I make no promise,” said the Lion

Jill was so thirsty now that, without noticing it, she had come a step nearer.

“Do you eat girls?” she said.

“I have swallowed up girls and boys, women and men, kings and emperors, cities and realm,” said the Lion.  It didn’t say this as if it were boasting, nor as if it were sorry, nor as if it were angry.  It just said it.

“I daren’t come and drink,” said Jill.

“Then you will die of thirst,” said the Lion.

“Oh dear!” said Jill, coming another step nearer. “I suppose I must go look for another stream then.”

There is no other stream,” said the Lion.

Before we could finish the section, our eight and five-year-olds were yelling!  Wait!  said my eight-year-old. God kills people?

This book has already led to great discussion with our children. More to come later this week.

You may also like Food is a Big Deal (closely linked with “There is no other stream”)

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