Wow. This chapter was a very short one. In fact, I am not too sure here at the end of it that Lewis really ever got started in exploring the virtue of hope. He defines it as being a continual looking forward to the eternal world. It is not wishful thinking or escapism, but a cornerstone of our faith.

Lewis points out very correctly that Christians who have lost sight of the eternal life beyond this one are incredibly ineffective at much in this life. “Aim at heaven and you get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you will get neither.” I see so many Christians (myself included at times) who are so short-sighted that they flame out in their ministry capacities here on earth.

I got a little lost (more distracted, really) during Lewis’ explanations of the 3 ways of dealing with unsatisfied hungers. Lewis makes another great point (in the Christian response) that if we are hungry for something here on earth, we have a way to satisfy that hunger. But if a hunger cannot be satisfied, it probably means that we were made for something greater than this world. I do feel that we need to balance that view and not forget that we were made to change the world we are in right now.

I have to say that I really enjoyed when Lewis got a bit sarcastic in the final paragraph. People who want to avoid heaven because their perspectives of it are flawed, should not attempt to discuss adult books when they cannot understand them. Lewis make good use of his time explaining how the imagery of heaven should not be taken literally. Not all would agree with him (not too certain that I agree completely), but he is right in this regard: our human minds cannot fathom the reality of heaven.

What do you think?