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Hope of longings fulfilled

February 1, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Read “Hope” by C.S. Lewis in a small book called, Christian Behaviour.  This was a series of 10 minute talks that Lewis gave on BBC.  Lewis explains how those longings within us that are never quite satisfied here on earth are really longings for heaven.  He says that the fulfillment of our longings is elusive, always fading away just when we think they will be fulfilled.  Lewis suggests there are three responses when we realize our longings are going unmet.

  • Fools Response–they blame things, have an attitude of “if only,” and attempt to have more experiences so that the longings will be fulfilled.
  • Disillusioned “Sensible” response–give up, learn not to expect too much, repress that part of self that has these longings
  • Christian way–they believe “Creatures are not borne with desires unless satisfaction for those desires exist. . . If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that i was made for another world.”

drinking-out-of-a-tapCame up with the following list of longings. Likely some of these need to be combined into the same category. Suggestions appreciated.

  • intimacy with another
  • to be understood, valued, appreciated
  • to be loved
  • beauty
  • significance, praise
  • to know and be known, to not be alone
  • joy
  • peace
  • safety
  • contentment
  • rest
  • belonging
  1. wayne
    February 1, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    Like your new look. Another longing might be “create.”

    • February 1, 2009 at 8:43 pm

      Yes, that is a good one! Thanks

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