C.S. Lewis is one
of my favourite authors, his narratives are engaging and thought provoking so I
was thrilled when I came across C.S. Lewis Readings for Reflection and
Meditation by Walter Hooper in a thrift store for $1.00.
The first excerpt
that Walter Hooper provides is from The Silver Chair.We read this story to our children on one
of our many vacations and then later purchased the collection of books on audio
tapes and listened again while we travelled.Here is part of the excerpt from Hooper's book.
“Are you not thirsty?” said the Lion
“I’m dying of thirst”, said Jill
“Then drink”, said the Lion
“May I –could I – would you mind going away while I do?” said Jill.
The Lion answered this only by a look and a very
low growl.And as Jill gazed at its
motionless bulk, she realized that she might as well have asked the whole
mountain to move aside for her convenience…The Silver Chair Chapter 2 (pg
As God`s children
we desire to draw near to drink from the never-ending river called love and to
understand ourselves through God`s wisdom – to know ourselves as God knows us.
At the same time
we are afraid to approach because we know we will be forever changed by the
experience.This change is something
that we both desire and fear at the same time.
So we attempt to
approach surreptitiously hoping that being near to the shadow of God will be
enough to satisfy our desire without losing ourselves totally.
And like Jill we
must acknowledge God is everywhere at all times, there is only God`s river and
only one way to know ourselves and that is through God`s love.
The wicked flee
when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.
It is only through
knowing ourselves as children of God are we bold and so like Aslan in C S
Lewis's stories God is both gentle and firm with us. There is only one river
and only one way to know who we truly are -- it is through God`s love and
wisdom and we can only surrender and drink from the river in God`s presence.
These are my
thoughts and ruminations.I have
provided them not as a truth they are here for your consideration – to open a dialogue.
Hooper, W. (1992).
C.S. Lewis Readings for Reflection and Meditation. Great Britain: Fount
In our immediate family there are four birthdays and within
our extended family and circle of friends there are four more.
In a previous post I talked about how Miracle Whip Chocolate
Cake was and is a traditional birthday desert as is Graham Wafer Pie also known as Flapper Pie.
As a small child I have fond memories of mother standing
over the stove with stirring hot milk in the double boiler.One of the first independent cooking tasks
that I was given was to stir the milk as this thickened for Graham Wafer
Mother taught me to stir the milk by alternatively making a
figure 8 followed by ∞, an 8 laid on its side.In this way the milk did not burn to the
bottom of the pot and scorch the pie filling.
Today with microwaves in most kitchens we no longer need to
stand over hot stoves.
The historical writings on Graham Wafer Cream Pie first
shows up in the early 19th century cook books is thin at best and in
the early 20th century became a favourite of Western Canadian Cooks.
Emily was the first woman to practice
medicine in Canada and she is heralded as the First Lady of the Canadian women’s
right and suffrage moment.
Emily was the oldest of six
girls born into an Ontario farming family.Emily’s mother a Quaker encouraged her daughters to expect equality with
men.Emily received the best education
possible at a co-educational school Quaker school in Providence Rhode Island.
Emily was 15 years old when she
started teaching in a one room school house.After seven years Emily decided
to go to University however her application to Victoria College in Cobourg
Ontario was denied because she was a woman.Undaunted she applied to newly founded Normal School for Upper Canada
and she graduated a year later in 1854.
She return to teaching and
quickly found herself being promoted, becoming the first female principal in
the Upper Canada School District.
She married John Stowe in 1856 and
when John developed tuberculosis Emily turned to homeopathic medicine that her
mother used.Needing to know more she
applied to the Toronto School of Medicine and in 1865 she was told that women
were not accepted and never would be.Not a woman to accept arbitrary limits being set for her she applied to the
school for homeopathic medicine, Medical College of Women in New York and
graduated in the same year.
Returning to Canada she set up
her medical practice becoming the first woman to practice medicine in Canada.Emily wrote and lectured exclusively on
issues pertaining to women’s health.She
was so inexhaustible in her work for women’s health that in 1870 she was
invited to attend the Toronto School of Medicine only a short 5 years after she
had been summarily refused entrance.
Emily either failed or refused
to take the final written and oral examinations there are differing historical
reports on this fact. However there is
no ambiguity in the historical records about to the harassment and ridicule that
she had to endure while at medical school.
returned to practicing homeopathic medicine and on July 16, 1880 the College of
Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario bestowed on Emily a license to practice
medicine in Ontario, 30 years after she started practicing medicine.
work for women’s rights Emily:
founded the Toronto Women’s Literary Club that
later became the Canadian Women’s Suffrage Association, which lead to the
establishment of the Ontario Medical College for Women
was the first president of the Dominion Women’s Enfranchisement
Association a position she held until her death
died in 1903, 14 years before women were granted the right to vote.
Howard (Jennings) Stowe is a woman of history.As parents it is important that we remember and talk about the courage
and tenacity of the women who opened up the opportunities that women benefit from
today.Let’s continue to tell Emily’s
story to our children providing them powerful examples of social change.