Recommendation of the Week (11/1/15)
by Paul Kingery
I am recommending The Weight of Glory by C.S. Lewis.
This book is a collection of sermons and talks given by C.S. Lewis dating back as early as 1939. The title, Weight of Glory, is the first sermon in the collection and is described by Walter Hooper in this way: "The Weight of Glory which is so magnificent that not only do I dare to consider it worthy of a place with some of the Church Fathers, but I fear I should be hanged by Lewis' admirers if it were not given primacy of place."
Outside of Mere Christianity, this book seems to be the second most important book in Lewis' collection of works, and for good reason. I think I enjoy reading this book so much because of the weight Lewis puts on human desire. And not only desire in general, but the desire for things to be made right again. We humans acknowledge that the world is broken and in need of repair, and for Christians we are able to turn to Scripture, specifically Romans 8:22-25, "For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience." This is why I love the name of our church, Redeemer, because we want to see all of life redeemed: our relationships, our neighborhoods, our city, our vocations, our schools.
One last thing: C.S. Lewis says in The Weight of Glory, "The load, or weight, or burden of my neighbor's glory should be laid on my back, a load so heavy that only humility can carry it, and the backs of the proud will be broken.....there are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal." This type of understanding should help us in our relationships and how we view evangelism. It should motivate us in our interactions with other humans, because there are no ordinary people out there, no mere mortals.
Grace & Peace