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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Narnia - Reepicheeps Final Voyage

Reepicheep told Peter, “My life is ever at your command, but my honor is my own.” The valiant mouse has now come to a point where he no longer reserves his honor as something which must be his own, something which must be kept back and not offered up in service and sacrifice. In Prince Caspian, Reepicheep held that a tail was “the honor and glory” of a mouse. Now he has a higher honor and a greater glory.

After losing his tail near the end of Prince Caspian, Reepicheep was “confounded” because of his appearance and confessed to Aslan: “I am completely out of countenance. I must crave your indulgence for appearing in this unseemly fashion.” In restoring the mouse’s tail, Aslan made it clear that he did not do this for the sake of Reepicheep’s “dignity.” Here in a final indication that along with his sword Reepicheep has flung away any last concerns about his dignity and about maintaining an honorable appearance, Reepicheep allows Lucy to do “what she had always wanted to do.” She takes him in her arms and caresses him—an action which back in the beginning would have offended him deeply.

We are not told what happens to Reepicheep on the other side of the great wave. The narrator simply reports: “The coracle went more and more quickly, and beautifully it rushed up the wave’s side. For one split second they saw its shape and Reepicheep’s on the very top. Then it vanished, and since that moment no one can truly claim to have seen Reepicheep the Mouse. But my belief is that he came safe to Aslan’s country and is alive there to this day.” Jonathan Rogers has described Reepicheep’s final voyage in these words: “Forgetting himself, forgetting the world, forgetting everything that lies behind, he goes up, up, up, to be welcomed into the heart of things.”

20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.

- Philippians 3:20-21 (New International Version)

Dear Lord we thank you for heaven, we pray that we will live our live that will prepare us for meeting you and worshipping you for all times. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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