Advent in Narnia

Advent in Narnia Wreath

In C.S. Lewis’ classic children’s story, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the Pevensie children — Lucy, Edmond, Susan, and Peter — slip through a wardrobe into the magical world of Narnia.  The animals there speak in hushed excitement about a Lion named Aslan who will rescue Narnia from the curse of the White Witch.  The curse, as it is stated several times, is that, in Narnia “it is always winter and never Christmas.”

This is, perhaps, the best summation one could imagine (and C.S. Lewis did) of the Advent season.  In the 4 weeks before Christmas we name those griefs that stand between us and God’s promises of Kingdom, of peace, righteousness, justice, and rest — “always winter.”  In the 4 weeks before Christmas we learn to hope again for love and joy and peace — “never not yet Christmas.”  We learn to hope that the Christ-child who came to a stable long ago in Bethlehem will be the Christ-King who will come again to set all things right.

In the dedication of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe to his goddaughter, Lucy, C.S. Lewis writes: I wrote this story for you, but when I began it I had not realized that girls grow quicker than books. As a result you are already too old for fairytales, and by the time it is printed and bound you will be older still. But some day you will be old enough to start reading fairytales again. You can then take it down from some upper shelf, dust it, and tell me what you think of it. I shall probably be too deaf to hear, and too old to understand a word you say, but I shall still be your affectionate Godfather, C. S. Lewis.

May wonder and imagination be God’s good and abundant gifts to us as we wait!