Knowing & Doing Summer 2015 - What the Bird Said Early in the Year

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From the Summer 2015 issue of Knowing & Doing:  

What the Bird Said Early in the Year

by Joe Kohm
City Director, C.S. Lewis Institute-Virginia Beach


I heard in Addison’s Walk a bird sing clear:
This year the summer will come true. This year. This year.
This year time’s nature will no more defeat you.
Nor all the promised moments in their passing cheat you.
This time they will not lead you round and back
To Autumn, one year older, by the well worn track.
C.S. Lewis
– What the Bird Said Early in the Year

  More than an intellectual ode to spring, CS Lewis’s poem contrasts the temporal with the eternal.  Addison’s Walk is a mile long path through the grounds at Magdalen College, Oxford, where Lewis had a midnight conversation with friends, J.R.R. Tolkien and Hugo Dyson. A plaque with the entire poem stands as a monument on the property. This conversation centered on the truth of Christianity (Christianity as the true myth) and was instrumental in Lewis’ conversion.  
  As Christians, it is important that we distinguish the temporal from the eternal.  Our earthly bodies decay and break down, and we eventually lose our race with time. In eternity, in the presence of the Lord, time and nature lose their grip. All our unfulfilled “promised moments” that left us disappointed will be forgotten and swallowed up in the singular splendor of the Lord’s glory.

Joseph A. Kohm, Jr. is an attorney and Certified Major League Baseball Agent. He is the author of Baseball’s Antitrust Exemption: It’s Going, Going…Gone!,  and co-author of The Family Advisor: The New Trend for Athletes with Family Values. Prior to receiving his Juris Doctorate degree from Regent University School of Law, he earned his MBA from the State University of New York. While earning his undergraduate degree from Syracuse University, Joe was a member of the basketball team that participated in the 1987 Final Four. He has been married for 27 years to his wonderful wife Lynne. They have two children, Joe and Kathleen.

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