The Wardrobe of God's Wonder
The September issue of Reformed Worship presented five different Christian Reformed Churches that worked with a theme called “Advent in Narnia.” Each of the churches worked with C.S. Lewis’s famous children’s novel “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” out of his series called “The Chronicles of Narnia.” Many children have read the entire series, along with young people and older ‘young’ people too. In 2005, Walt Disney and Walden Media produced a movie based on the book, that was seen by millions. It draws on some comparable themes of winter and Christmas, Good Friday, Easter and Resurrection stories. We have chosen to work with the Advent Litany produced by a CRC church in Washington D.C. With the Outreach Team, we are building a Narnia themed float for the December 1st Santa Clause Parade. On December 2nd we’ll begin our “Advent in Narnia” series with “War and the Wardrobe.” On Friday, December 7th, we’ll invite all the families from Kids camp and our community to a “Winter Wonderland” carnival event in the fellowship hall, and offer a showing of Disney’s “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” in the sanctuary. On December 9th we’ll use the theme “Wonder” and explore child-like wonder, to that of Mary’s wonder.” On December 16th, we’ll look at “Father’s Christmas Gifts,” and on December 23rd, “Us Lions,” and how the Lord has equipped each and every one of us with spiritual gifts to serve in his kingdom as we wait for his return. During our Candlelight service we’ll be reminded of “Awaiting Aslan,” as we await the return of our Lord Jesus Christ. So, children, middle schoolers, young people and young at heart, check your book shelves, and see if you have a copy of this timeless story in your home. You may have read “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” years ago, but take time during this month of November to refresh your memory, and reread the story, as we once more walk through Advent, and experience the hope, joy, love and peace of Christmas together. Step into the wardrobe of God’s wonder and see what he has done.
(A couple of copies are available in the library or read/download the story at https://read-any-book.com/online/565547)