the lion's kiss

Homeschooling mothers know one of the finest benefits of our work is being in close companionship with children's literature.  Caleb and I are reading The Magician's Nephew this week (at least my fifth time). Dear C.S. Lewis wrapped profound truths in his wonderful stories and I encountered them again, just as I was searching for them.

I reread these pages with tears in my eyes, for which of us has outgrown the need to come face to face with real Love?


"But please, please - won't you - can't you give me something that will cure Mother?"

Up till then he had been looking at the Lion's great feet and the huge claws on them; now in despair, he looked up at its face.  What he saw surprised him as much as anything in his whole life.  For the tawny face was bent down near his own and (wonder of wonders) great shining tears stood in the Lion's eyes.  They were such big, bright tears compared with Digory's own that for a moment he felt as if the Lion must really be sorrier about his mother than he was himself.

"My son, my son, " said Aslan.  "I know.  Grief is great.  Only you and I in this land know that yet.  Let us be good to one another..."

The Lion drew a deep breath, stooped its head even lower and gave him a lion's kiss.  And at once Digory felt that new strength and courage had gone into him."

 ~ C.S. Lewis,  The Magician's Nephew