Courage, Dear Heart
Pastor Ben Spitler
I ran across a favorite Narnia quote the other day, i.e., a quote from one of C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia. It’s three simple words—“Courage dear heart.” Those three words were whispered by the great lion, Aslan himself, to Lucy, as the ship Dawn Treader slipped into the inky blackness of the Dark Island, a place where nightmares came to life. It was an awful place of despair and the captain and crew of the ship, along with Lucy, were beginning to think they had no hope of ever getting out. It was just then that Aslan spoke softly, “Courage dear heart.” Anyone need to hear those words today? Anyone facing an uncertain tomorrow? Anyone dealing with a situation that seems impossible? Anyone feeling hopeless? The Lord spoke to Joshua long ago, words that were absolutely meant for all God’s people for all time to hear and believe—Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9). Our King, the Lion of Judah, the Lord Jesus is with us, praise be to His name!