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12 Responses to “Never Lived Anywhere Else”

  1. Keith says:


    Well said. Patty and I have often said the same thing [we celebrated 40 this year]. Great Divorce is one of my favorite Lewis works which, using your phrasing, has helped me become a “Protestant with imagination”.

  2. Walter Norvell says:

    We celebrated 40 years yesterday. I agree. The abundant life has already started. Marriage is a taste.

  3. Bob Moffitt says:

    It will be 47 years for Judy and me in November. In my case I do remember the before marriage reality and am increasingly thankful for the present.

  4. john chaffin says:

    Thinking in just propositional thought or just metaphor is much easier. It is more comfortable. The “enemy” is more discernible. Our “friends” are more easily identified, or so we think. Blending and separating them is a chore.
    I am thankful for my wife of 38 years. She is a saint to have put up with my moodiness for this long. It is difficult to remember life without her; although, I do remember. I met her two years after I met you, Mike.
    Thanks for your column.

  5. Byron Borger says:

    Maybe your readers would want to know about the Square Halo Books collection of pieces about Lewis and the Arts, reviewed a bit here:–_cs_lewi/

  6. Mike Metzger says:

    Thanks Byron.

    Hey readers – if you have any questions regarding any book ever written, Byron is your man. Really. And he’s funny to boot.

  7. Barnabas says:

    Congratulations to all on their long marriages. Surprised that C.S.Lewis can be referenced in this regard without mentioning

    Singleness, bereavement and widows appear to lack blessing.

  8. Barnabas says:

    Will we married or single in heaven ?

  9. Mike Metzger says:

    Married! To Christ. We are his bride. Mind-boggling.

  10. Mike Metzger says:

    Singleness is a gift. Bereavement is a privilege, filling up what is lacking in the sufferings of Christ–what Shedon Vanauken called “a severe mercy.” Not easy, but a mercy.

  11. Barnabas says:

    Thanks Mike. Especially discovering a further link with C.S. Lewis and bereavement

    Revelations of grace and mercy to accept the gifts of simgleness and bereavement.

  12. Barnabas says:

    “the love story of Vanauken and his wife, a love which he refers to as pagan. The couple pledged always to put their love before all else, and the intensity of their devotion to one another and their exclusivity makes up the early chapters. However, Vanauken (or “Van”) and his wife Jean Davis (or “Davy”) explore Christianity and are gradually converted, and the primacy of their love for one another comes into question for both of them”

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