Tuesday, November 13, 2007

One of those Four Loves

We are listening to The Four Loves read by CS
Lewis in the car yesterday and today.
The skies are a blustery greyish-blue clouds
that make the brightly colored Autumn trees
seem like a painting. Suddenly I felt like
I was back 3 years ago in the small town
my mother and sister live. That day I stopped
before going to Mom's house
to care for her and walked down the sidewalk with
the same sky. I picked up deep red and deep gold
leaves and brought them to her. Her face lit
up and she wanted to keep them on her bedstand
so to know that Fall was here! Such glorious colors
our Lord makes! I read Jan Karon's newest book to
her "Shepherds Abiding" ~~ and the Great Shepherd
cared for her until right before Christmas that year.
He took her home.

" The Greeks called this love 'storge'( 2 syllables
and the g is hard) . I shall here call it simply
Affection. My Greek lexicon defines 'storge' as
'affection , especially between
of parents to offspring,' but of offspring to parents.
Affection would not be affection if it was loudly and
frequently expressed; to produce it in public
is like getting your household furniture out
for a move. It did very well in its place, but looks
shabby or tawdry or grotesque in the sunshine.

Affections almost slinks or seeps through our
lives. It lives with humble, undress, private
soft slippers, old jokes, the thump of a sleepy
dog's tail on the kitchen floor, the sound of a
sewing machine, a gollywog left on the lawn."

Southern Pines, NC


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