“[I]t can so seldom happen that what we need is what we like (for if we liked it we’d have helped ourselves to it already & wouldn’t need it…) All will be well in the end, tho’ by hard ways. All earthly loves go thro’ some fire before they can inherit the Kingdom. If it weren’t this, it [would] be some other fire. God bless you. Let us pray for one another.”
C.S. Lewis, from a letter to Phyllis Elinor Sandeman, 31 December, 1953 (from The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume 3). Mrs. Sandeman was grieving the death of her husband.