Being the lovers of great stories that we are, we've been re-reading The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
And in the process, we're reading them aloud with our kids each night before the release of the movie Prince Caspian this Friday.
This passage from Voyage of the Dawn Treader struck me. I'm not sure what Lewis had in mind or what other critics have probably already written about this section; but for me, it was a powerful picture of what it might be like for the Church when our King returns.
And specifically what it might be like for those who have been appointed to lead her
goes on to describe Caspian's meeting with the Governor who had been left in the King's stead to govern the islands.
Caspian then ordered most of his
men to remain in the courtyard.
, with Bern and Drinian and four others, went into the hall.
Behind a table at the far end with various secretaries about him sat His
Sufficiency, the Governor of the Lone Islands
Gumpas was a bilious-looking man with hair that had once been red and was now mostly gray.
glanced up as the strangers entered and then looked down at his
papers saying automatically, "No interviews without appointments except between nine and ten p.m. second Saturdays.
. . . "My Lord," said Caspian, fixing his
eyes on Gumpas, "you have not given us quite the welcome we expected.