This past Sunday September 13, 2015, I (Pastor Matt) preached a sermon from Genesis 1 and 2 entitled, “The Work and the Workers.” I argued that God created and redeemed humanity for the purpose of doing good work. This work will be like God’s work–bringing order out of chaos, light to dark places, and life where there is death.
In C.S. Lewis’ beloved book The Great Divorce, we read of an example of one faithful worker. The scene before you takes place near the entrance of the High Country (heaven) where a conversation is happening between two departed souls. They are observing a glorious being that one nearly mistakes as the Virgin Mary…but the conversation reveals the identity of the person in this conversation:
musicians: and after these a lady in whose honour all this was being done. . .
. Only partly do I remember the unbearable beauty of her face.“Is it? … is it?” I whispered to my guide.
someone ye’ll never have heard of. Her name on earth was Sarah Smith and she lived at Golders Green.”
of particular importance?”
Ye have heard that fame in this country and fame on Earth are two quite
young man or boy that met her became her son – even if it was only the boy that
brought the meat to her back door. Every girl that met her was her daughter.”
other people’s children. But her motherhood was of a different kind. Those on
whom it fell went back to their natural parents loving them more. Few men
looked on her without becoming, in a certain fashion, her lovers. But it was the
kind of love that made them not less true, but truer, to their own wives.”
these animals? A cat-two cats-dozens of cats. And all those dogs…why, I can’t
count them. And the birds. And the horses.”
mean, this is a bit too much.”
near her had its place in her love. In her they became themselves. And now the
abundance of life she has in Christ from the Father flows over into them.” I looked at my Teacher in amazement.
“Yes,” he said. “It is like when you throw a stone into a pool, and
the concentric waves spread out further and further. Who knows where it will
end? Redeemed humanity is still young, it has hardly come to its full strength.
But already there is joy enough in the little finger of a great saint such as
yonder lady to waken all the dead things of the universe into life.”