Teach then to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Deuteronomy 11:19
One of the perks of being retired is being able to spend an extended time in our family summer home, up north and away from the oppressive heat. Of course, this is the season where everyone here has family visiting from the hotter climates, and we’re no exception. Children and grandchildren have filled out house with fun and shrieks and giggles and sand and damp towels. Evenings are different from evenings a generation ago. We have a TV now, and they have their devices, and when we’re all gathered inside for the evening, it’s hard to peel the kids away from the screens. But I have fond memories of nights when their parents were little, snuggled up together in bed or in front of the fireplace, reading our summer books – mainly The Chronicles of Narnia. I think it was about five years in a row we read them each summer. There are seven books in the series, so that was enough to fill our summer evenings with fauns, centaurs, unicorns, dwarfs, Marshwiggles, Dufflepuds, and of course, the wonderful talking Lion, Aslan, who ruled over it all.
I also remember singing to my children as they were going to sleep, and I would often try out my original songs on them. I guess it was inevitable that I write a song about Narnia.
The Ballad of Narnia
Peer inside the wardrobe door, and see what you will find; If it be that Aslan calls, you’ll leave this world behind And step inside another realm, envisioned in a dream, Where fantasies are very real, but not quite what they seem.
Narnia, fair Narnia, O where do you come from? Spoken from the Lion’s mouth before time had begun? Narnia, dear Narnia, you seem to call to me To come and be the true creation I was meant to be.
Gaze into the winter skies and see the wonders there; The Narnian stars are huge in size, their beauty bright and rare. And when upon the peaceful snow they shine their friendly light, Tiny hoof prints tell of fauns who danced one moonlit night.
Hear a tale of long ago, when evil ruled the land, When all of Narnia lay in snow beneath a witch’s hand, How children from another realm arrived amid the strife. The lion Alslan saved the kingdom, though it cost his life!
Narnia, dear Narnia! He must have loved you so, To make himself the victim of more hate than we could know; Narnia, dear Narnia, now was it worth the pain? He must have known he’d given more than he could ever gain.
Gather up your courage, for there’s danger in the air, And all who love the Lion must for battle now prepare; It is a war of wrong or right – there is no neutral ground – And every good and honest creature now is honor-bound.
Take up your sword, dear child, for it is time for us to fight The evil forces lurking in the shadows of the night; But have no fear – the Lion himself is fighting at your side, With golden mane a-flying, and his great jaws open wide!
Narnia, dear Narnia! This war’s already won! For Aslan’s royal face is shining like the noonday sun. Narnia, dear Narnia! He came to set you free! He’s given death the final blow, and you the victory!
You must go now, back into the world where you belong, But Narnia lives within your heart; she’s an eternal song. And Aslan will be with you, though he will not look the same, For here we call Him “Jesus,” and He’s calling you, by name.*
Prayer: Lord Jesus – Lion of Judah, our Savior – we marvel at Your love for us, that You would give Your life as a ransom for us. However the story is told, it’s still the greatest story of all. Thank You for the privilege of telling the story to our children, and our children’s children. May it always be in our hearts, in every generation.
*”The Ballad of Narnia” copyright 1991 Ann Aschauer