MARCH 25, 2018

C.S. Lewis once wrote the following:

“There is a stage in a child’s life at which it cannot separate the religious from the merely festal character of Christmas or Easter. I have been told of a very small and very devout boy who was heard murmuring to himself on Easter morning a poem of his own composition, which began ‘Chocolate eggs and Jesus risen’. This seems to me, for his age, both admirable poetry and admirable piety. But of course the time will soon come when such a child can no longer effortlessly and spontaneously enjoy that unity. He will become able to distinguish the spiritual from the ritual and festive aspect of Easter; chocolate eggs will no longer be sacramental. And once he has distinguished he must put one or the other first. If he puts the spiritual first he can still taste something of Easter in the chocolate eggs; if he puts the eggs first they will soon be no more than any other sweetmeat. They will have taken on an independent, and therefore a soon withering, life.”

How good God is to allow us the privilege of connecting celebrations with Him and with His blessings. No, blessings are never to overtake the Blesser. When they are properly situated, we can actually see the One Who provides the blessing through the blessing itself. The hymn writer got it right when he said, “Praise God, from Whom All blessings flow.” May we always see the Blesser in the blessings.

– Dr. Jeff Redlin