“No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear. “
Many people know the small facts about Clive Staples Lewis, that he was a great author, great debator and a Christian man. But what many people don’t know is that he used to be a devout athiest, and that he had many hardships in his life. In his late life, he married a woman named Joy Gresham. Before they married, they were great friends. In fact, the only reason he married her was so that she could retain British residency. Her residency was going to expire, and she didn’t want to Britain because her husband in America was abusive, and she would have to go back to him. So she divorced her husband and married Lewis, but only after he asked her to. They did not live together, but stayed friends until a few years later, when Joy found out that she had cancer. It was then that Lewis found out he really did love her, and then he proposed to marry her properly, “Before God.” But a few years later, Joy died, leaving two sons for Lewis to take care of. Lewis was devastated, and wrote: “It is hard to have patience with people who say ‘There is no death’ or ‘Death doesn’t matter.’ There is death. And whatever is matters. And whatever happens has consequences, and it and they are irrevocable and irreversible. You might as well say that birth doesn’t matter.” Three years after Joy died, C.S. Lewis died. November 22, 1963—the same day President Kennedy was assassinated. Amazing, isn’t it?
He was a normal guy with normal hardships, but I also think he was brilliant, and majorly blessed with a knowledge not many people have. So for those that already knew this and are rolling their eyes because they’ve heard it all before, STUFF IT! 😆 And to those who haven’t heard it..well, you just learned a little tidbit about my favorite author. Have a nice day. 😉