movie night. prince caspian. need i say more? okay, i gotta.
i have chills again as i watch this film - beautifully portrayed. even disney couldn't remove the "deep magic" of lewis's masterful allegory of the Christian life. i am in awe as my late-blooming reader tells us in advance many of the plot twists; he remembers from reading the book! i am tender-hearted as each of the children fondly recognizes familiar characters even i have forgotten! and moment after unfolding moment, i am listening to my Papa calling through the lines of a man-made story...
one "nugget" from tonight: susan carries a bow and arrows. each of the sons and daughters of Adam has a posession useful in battle, gifted by Aslan. but susan's is a bow and arrow. how fitting for a woman to carry this "weapon;" as a mother i have once again forgotten that above any gift, my Papa has blessed me with five arrows. it is my high calling to sharpen them, to practice my aim so that it is tack-sharp, and to fire these arrows of God's truth and light and love into a world that so desperately needs it. i am not "in hiding" when i stay at home and focus my energies on my children; in fact, i am forsaking the highest battleground imaginable when i don't give them my fullest attention. oh my God, forgive me, and teach me to be faithful! and thank you for such a beautiful picture to call me back to creativity and attentiveness in my mothering!
(side note: peter carries a sword. he leaves and goes INTO the forefront for hand-to-hand combat with mortal enemies. the man uses the SWORD, when he is faithful, to "go into all the world..." hhmmm...)