The Avalanche and the Rose

I am currently reading, among other books, Yours, Jack, a collection of letters by C.S. Lewis to various correspondences.  I was particularly caught by the imagery he uses in a letter to Edward Lofstrom in January 1959.  He is responding to Lofstrom’s letter on who Jesus was:

 

“Of course.  ‘Gentle Jesus’ my elbow!  The most striking thing about Our Lord is the union of great ferocity with extreme tenderness…Add to this that He is also a supreme ironist, dialectician, and (occasionally) humorist.  So go on!  You are on the right track now: getting to the real Man behind all the plaster dolls that have been substituted for Him.  This is the appearance in Human form of the God who made the Tiger and the Lamb, the avalanche and the rose.  He’ll frighten and puzzle you: but the real Christ can be loved and admired as the doll can’t.”

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