Memorials, Wardrobes and Books

As Saturday’s coronation procession passed the Cenotaph in Whitehall the commentator reminded us that the word ‘Cenotaph’ comes from two Greek words meaning ‘empty’ and ‘tomb’.

To the uninformed, the Cenotaph is just a lump of stone. Originally it was the UK’s national memorial to those who died in the First World War; over the years it’s become a memorial to those who died in the Second World War and later conflicts.

This Cenotaph is more than just a lump of stone…

In church yesterday Esther reminded us of C.S. Lewis’ ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’:

″‘This must be a simply enormous wardrobe!’ thought Lucy, going still further in and pushing the soft folds of the coats aside to make room for her. Then she noticed that there was something crunching under her feet. ‘I wonder is that more moth balls?’ she thought…’

This Wardrobe is more than just a wooden storage unit… it’s a doorway Narnia…

I’ve recently had a birthday and was given several books that look good… I need to read them to discover if they are good. Bo Diddley reminds us:

You can’t judge an apple by looking at a tree
You can’t judge honey by looking at the bee
You can’t judge a daughter by looking at the mother
You can’t judge a book by looking at the cover

My books are more than just words and pages contained in covers.

Some people say: ‘What you see is what you get… It is what it is.’  Often that’s just not true.

A situation that looks so bad turns out to be good; the man who appears to be troublesome is sometimes just troubled; the woman who appears to be coping is really falling apart…

Today I resolve to look beyond the superficial… not to judge my books by their covers… to discover Narnia through my wardrobe… to look beyond the lump of stone to the empty tomb and the reminder of life-giving sacrifice.

4 thoughts on “Memorials, Wardrobes and Books

  1. “Some people say: ‘What you see is what you get… It is what it is.’ Often that’s just not true.”
    O that it were true Malcolm. Such transparent honesty world would render our world a much better place.
    Happy Belated Birthday brother

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  2. Thanks, Fred. You’re right – honesty is so important. I’m conscious that I’m quick to jump to conclusions about folks that aren’t always the whole story of what or why people are as they are.
    And thanks for the birthday greetings.


  3. Going to a high school reunion was eye opening for me. Not only did I not know these people I had spent a few years with, I had no idea who they were becoming. It did make me understand a little more that my short glimpse of people, a very thin slice of the pie, is not much of the picture to draw conclusions.

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  4. I’ve had this experience too, Gary. Folks I’ve known at a different time, in a different situation… sometimes it almost feels like a different life… have changed so much – and I guess I have too. It’s a time for open minds and open hearts.

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