joy and lewisQuick link: C.S. Lewis, Longing, and Joy

Today I’m over at SheLoves writing about joy and longing and C.S. Lewis.

“We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” C.S. Lewis

In writing this essay I found myself struggling with the question: What is joy? Is it happiness? Contentment? Pleasure? Laughter? Why does joy seem to mingle so intimately with pain? Why is it fleeting and yet makes me think of eternity? And, as with so many deep and seemingly unanswerable questions, I found great help at the feet of C.S. Lewis, or rather in his words. I spun them together, tried to make sense of my own experience with joy, and laid it down on paper, tenderly and joyfully and with great longing for the day when all joy will be perfected.

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