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"...The Lion of the tribe of Juda..." ~Revelation 5:5


Salvation in Narnia---Frank & Helen

A long while ago, July of 2010 to be exact, I wrote a post about salvation pictured in Narnia through Jill Pole. You can Read It Here.  Just recently I was listening to Focus on the Family's rendition of  The Magician's Nephew (their entire Narnia series is, by the way, fantastic and accurate, plus hosted by Douglas Gresham) when something else struck me as being another amazing story of salvation: King Frank and Queen Helen.

Their story is probably the most subtle, next to Lord Rhoop's (which will come in a later post.) For Frank, the conversion is a simple, short conversation.

"Son," said Aslan to the Cabby. "I have known you long.  Do you know me?"
"Well, no, sir," said the Cabby. "Leastways, not in an ordinary manner of speaking. Yet I feel somehow, if I may make so free, as 'ow we've met before."
"It is well," said the Lion.  "You know better than you think you know, and you shall live to know me better still."

Salvation isn't a big fanfare-preceded, all-the-lights-trained-on-you event. It's a decision between you and God. An event certainly to be celebrated and shared, but also intimate. Frank had missed the country (the pre-knowledge state of early childhood) and longed for the sweetness of it. And it was granted him...along with the magnificent privilege of ruling the new land.

Helen's conversion isn't even recorded, but must come just after her husband's contact with Aslan. However, later, they are both described thus:

(Aslan) " Let us now proceed to the coronation of King Frank of Narnia and Helen his Queen."
The children now noticed these two for the first time. They were dressed in strange and beautiful clothes, and fromt heir shoulders rich robes flowed out behind them to where four dwarfs held up the King's train and four river-nymphs the Queen's. Their heads were  bare; but Helen had let her hair down and it made a great improvement in her appearance. But it was neither hair nor clothes taht maade them look so different from their old selves. Their faces had a new expression, especially the King's. All the sharpness and cunning and quarrelsomeness which he had picked up as a London cabby seemed to have been washed away and the courage and kindness which he had always had were easier to see. Perhaps it as the air of the young world that had doine it, or talking with Alan, or both. "Upon my word, " whispered Fledge to Polly. "My old master's been changed nearly as much as I have! Why, he's a real master now." 
How beautiful that changes a person's heart so it shows on his face!
May this be an encouragement to your day!

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