The title is a famous line from “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”. Mr Beaver is explaining to the Pevensie children about how Narnia is under the spell of the wicked ice witch, who can turn creatures to stone. All the good creatures are awaiting the arrival of Aslan, who will banish evil from his kingdom.
CS Lewis was making the point that life for the unredeemed soul is wintry. Life is hard, pleasures are painfully short lived, and anxiety, boredom and despair stalk our adult lives. All of this is changed once we encounter Christ. Suddenly difficulties become charitable opportunities, pleasure is no longer the driving force of our choices, but a welcome gift, and hope and joy fill our hearts.
One of my earliest memories is of watching a televised dramatisation of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”. I must have been four or five, and was sat down with my five siblings one winter’s evening in front of an open coal fire. The story had a powerful effect on me, and I’ve watched many other productions of the story throughout my life.
I read the Narnia stories to my children when they were small, and remember my daughter being moved to tears (and me too) by the slaying of Aslan.
I love the Narnia stories and still re-read them to this day. Do yourself a favour and read them this Christmas.