“No safe investment”

This Sunday I will give the “Meditation” at church.  The text I will use as my springboard is 1 Corinthians 13:7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. While browsing the web for some extra inspiration, I came across the following quote from the excellent C. S. Lewis.

There is no safe investment.  To love at at all is to be vulnerable.  Love anything and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken.  If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even an animal.  Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements and lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness.  But in that casket – safe, dark, motionless, airless – it will change.  It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable.

– C. S. Lewis, The Four Loves

Anyone of us who has ever been hurt, disappointed, or even betrayed – and to love inevitably means to experience one or more of these pains – knows how tempting it is to embalm and entomb our hearts safe out of reach from others.  Yet, as enticing and reasonable a response that may seem, it is not an option for anyone who seeks to emulate Christ.

More on this topic to come Monday, after my “Meditation” is complete. (See https://joyfullyoutlandish.wordpress.com/2011/09/12/meditation-for-sunday-september-11-2011/)

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