Quote for the Day

After that for many days, without wind in her shrouds or foam at her bows, across a waveless sea, the Dawn Treader glided smoothly east. Every day and every hour the light became more brilliant and still they could bear it. No one ate or slept and no one wanted to, but they drew buckets of dazzling water from the sea, stronger than wine and somehow wetter, more liquid, than ordinary water, and pledged one another silently in deep draughts of it. And one or two of the sailors who had been oldish men when the voyage began now grew younger every day. Everyone on board was filled with joy and excitement, but not an excitement that made one talk. The further they sailed the less they spoke, and then almost in a whisper. The stillness of that last sea laid hold on them.

— C. S. Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

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About Carl McColman

Author of Befriending Silence, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, Answering the Contemplative Call, and other books. Retreat leader. Speaker. Professed Lay Cistercian.

  • http://http.www.virtualteahouse.com Beth

    Hi Carl!
    I love this passage from the Dawn Treader. Thanks for the deep exhale upon reading it.

    I was reminded of several dreams over my lifetime of loved people and animals that have died. In those dreams the people and animals are invariably younger and more vibrant, especially if they died of old age or disease; often the animals are playing with me and with other younger animals. The people are rested, vibrant. It is so comforting to see them happy and whole. They must be drinking from this ‘sea…that is…somehow more liquid than water.’ I wake from these dreams at peace, knowing that I know nothing about who we are, on this ship, nor do I know what we may become!

    Thanks, as always, for your lovely site–

  • http://www.philfosterlpc.com phil foster

    “Let it be known, there is a fountain
    That was not made by the hands of men…”
    -Robert Hunter

    Jesus answered her, “‘If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water…” “…whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst; the water that I shall give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
    John 4: 10, 14.

  • http://anam-cara.typepad.com Shelia

    It seems to me God opened a window for Lewis now and again to see what truly is and what will someday be. It awakens longing in me every time I read it…like a recognition of a home I have never been to…yet. It is a beautiful vision…an enticement. Thank you for this lovely refreshment.

  • Peggy

    The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is my favorite of all the Narnia books. I cried and cried through The Last Battle. It took me three readings before I could finish it without breaking down.