The Hound Of Heaven

November 23, 2011

Here’s a paragraph from C. S. Lewis’ book “Surprised By Joy” that details his surrender to Grace:

You must picture me alone in that room in Magdalen, night after night, feeling, whenever my mind lifted even for a second from my work, the steady, unrelenting approach of Him whom I so earnestly desired not to meet. That which I greatly feared had at last come upon me. In the Trinity Term of 1929 I gave in, and admitted that God was God, and knelt and prayed: perhaps, that night, the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England. I did not then see what is now the most shining and obvious thing; the Divine humility which will accept a convert even on such terms. The Prodigal Son at least walked home on his own feet. But who can duly adore that Love which will open the high gates to a prodigal who is brought in kicking, struggling, resentful, and darting his eyes in every direction for a chance of escape? The words “compelle intrare,” compel them to come in, have been so abused be wicked men that we shudder at them; but, properly understood, they plumb the depth of the Divine mercy. The hardness of God is kinder than the softness of men, and His compulsion is our liberation.

(HT: Mockingbird)

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2 Responses to “The Hound Of Heaven”

  1. Terri J Says:

    A fitting description, indeed!

  2. teri Says:

    “The hardness of God is kinder than the softness of men” – wow! What a thought provoking statement and amazing truth.


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