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The Great Lion of the Lord Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11

The Great Lion of the Lord

On screens across the country, four children and a lion named Aslan are attempting to defeat the evil White Witch and free the magical beasts of Narnia. But that’s not the only good news being delivered this week.

In the beginning, the children hurriedly open wide a wardrobe door to quickly hide inside from the curiosity seekers who’ve come to view the imposing professor’s odd, old house.

It is not an ordinary wardrobe with an ordinary inside. Beyond the long fur coats that smell of mothballs, beyond the place where the back of the wardrobe should be and is not, is a land of destiny for Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy Pevensie.

They had come to live at the odd old house to escape the Nazi bombing of London. Unexpectedly, through the back of the wardrobe, they enter another world, a world bewitched, where winter never stops and Christmas never comes; a world where animals talk and plot, where nymphs and fauns live oppressed under the power of an evil witch turned Queen who turns her enemies into stone statues, and where redemption eventually may come for all from The Lion, Aslan, who is a kind and fierce Lion, and who isn’t tame at all.

There are horrors and hags, wars and...

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