Nette Kurzgeschichte aus Narnia über die Begegnung mit Gott:
In The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Susan and Lucy ask Mr. and Mrs. Beaver to describe Aslan. They ask if Aslan is a man. Mr. Beaver replies.
"Aslan a man? Certainly not. I tell you he is the King of the wood and the son of the great Emperor-beyond-the Sea. Don't you know who is the King of Beasts? Aslan is a lion– the Lion, the great Lion."
"Ooh!" said Susan. "I'd thought he was a man. Is he–quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion."
"That you will, dearie, and make no mistake," said Mrs. Beaver, "if there's anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knees knocking, they're either braver than most or else just silly."
"Then he isn't safe?" said Lucy.
"Safe?" said Mr. Beaver. "Don't you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about being safe? 'Course he isn't safe. But he's good. He's the King, I tell you."
Aus Chasing Francis ein Verweis auf gute Kurzgeschichte:
"In Faulkner's story "The Bear" young Ike McCaslin is drawn increasingly into the woods by the near-mythical presence of a bear which tantalizes hunters in a yearly ritual of respectful aspiration and frustration. young Ike becomes aware that the bear sees him, although he cannot see the bear. Merton parallels this awakening moment with what happens in the spiritual life, noting "that it's very important in the life of prayer to realize that one is apprehended, one is heard, that there is a relationship." Ike sees the bear, the moment of theophany, only when he leaves behind his gun, his watch, his compass and his stick, and, to use Faulkner's word, "relinquishes" himself "to" the wilderness. Merton concludes, "The whole business of growth is knowing when to let go.. then all of a sudden, you'll find that it'll just work by itself – you'll see the bear, see"."