Thinking of Lois Westerlund

I recently learned, from searching the internet, that our long-time member of SpareOom, Lois Westerlund, passed away last year at the age of 92. I always enjoyed her wisdom and her poetry. It is customary to say “rest in peace”, but I think that this doesn’t really correspond to our Christian image of heaven. Lewis would describe it using St. Paul’s words, per the King James translation, as “a weight of glory”, which seems to mean something like “an exceeding amount of glory” in modern English. I think some of that imagery is conveyed in the depiction of the Bright Spirits in Lewis’s “Great Divorce”. I think Lois would certainly qualify for that description. And as Lewis would probably say, and as we would say in the Russian Orthodox Church – Lois, pray to God for us.


“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. Love does not demand its own way. Love is not irritable, and it keeps no record of when it has been wronged. It is never glad about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. Love will last forever.” (1 Corinthians 13: 4-8)

I will miss her. She was a great mentor to my daughter as a grad student at UVA.

She and I were at the same Oxbridge conference.

Undragoned by Aslan,