Prepare for Joy: Through the Open Door

the wardrobe from C.S. Lewis' childhood home built by his grandfather, later to serve as his inspiration for "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" in his home "The Kilns" at Oxford.  Now at the Marion Wade Center at Wheaton College, Illinois
the wardrobe built by C.S. Lewis’ grandfather that served as his inspiration for “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” — it first stood in his childhood home and later in his home “The Kilns” at Oxford. Now part of the C.S. Lewis collection at the Marion Wade Center at Wheaton College, Illinois

“We do not take responsibility for people disappearing.”

This is no mere piece of furniture;
Enchantment hangs within
Among the furs and cloaks
Smelling faintly of mothballs.

Touch the smooth wood,
Open the doors barely
To be met with a faint cool breeze~
Hints of snowy woods and adventure.

Reach inside to feel smooth soft furs
Move aside to allow dark passage
Through to another world, a pathway to
Cherished imagination of the soul.

Seek a destination for mind and heart,
A journey through the wardrobe,
Navigate the night path to reach a
Lit lone lamp post in the wood.

Beaming light as it shines undimmed,
A beacon calling us home, back home
Through the open door, to step out transformed,
No longer lost or longing, now found and filled.

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2 thoughts on “Prepare for Joy: Through the Open Door

  1. This is exquisite, Emily. One of my favorite of Lewis’ trilogy, too.

    It is YOUR commentary, however, that I keep re-reading. You hit a nerve here (for me at least).
    Your words, ‘destination’ and ‘beacon calling us home,’ brought me right through that door. I knew exactly
    what I was searching for. And I found it!

    Your thoughts also brought me to Augustine’s Confessions for his quote:
    “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”

    Thank you.

    Like

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