A/N: Why is it always a holiday weekend when these things come to me...anyway, this weekend found me very thoughtful, and I couldn't get this out of my head. It turned over and over in there, begging and pleading to be written. So here it is, and I hope you enjoy. Narnia and Aslan are not mine. (However, it is true that I belong to Him.)

I am the Lion.

I am the Lion that created Narnia, that brought it into existence with my song, that breathed life into it. I am the Lion that gave the Talking Beasts their words, that gave them the land, the dumb beasts, and myself. I am the Lion that already began to set plans in motion to rid Narnia of an evil brought to it before it was scarcely five minutes old. I am the Lion that called forth a Son of Adam and Daughter of Eve to rule over Narnia, to rule it well and to be just and good sovereigns.

I am the Lion that called forth four children from another world to strike down that same evil, many years later. I am the Lion that willingly gave up my own life to save one of them, and I am the Lion that came to life again. I am the Lion that established the four as Kings and Queens who would bring about Narnia's Golden Age.

I am the Lion that watched over the lost prince of Archenland, making sure he had a home, that he would meet who he needed to, that he would be where he needed to when he needed to be there, and gave him comfort when it was needed. I am the Lion at the back of not just his story, but all stories.

I am the Lion that brought Narnia back to its days of glory when evil men tried to repress it. I am the Lion that brought the four of the Golden Age back to help put a young prince in his rightful place.

I am the Lion that sent that prince, now King, off to seek seven of my faithful. I sent him three companions as well, and I am the Lion that greeted one of their company when he came to my country as was his long-cherished desire.

I am the Lion that called to two young children who answered by calling back to me. I am the Lion that pulled them into my country and sent them off to find a lost prince. I am the Lion that gave them signs to follow, through things that were in place long ago, and I am the Lion that knew all the things that would come from them.

And I am the Lion that brought that world to an end. I am the Lion that drew in all those dear to me: the faithful King, the noble unicorn, the wise centaur, the steadfast dwarf, the good eagle, and many others. I am the Lion that called them all to their true home, the one they had always been searching for, but never quite realized it.

You know what I have done for that world. But do you yet realize what I have done for yours? And for you?

For as I told two of my dear sons and one of my beloved daughters, I am there in your world as well.

And I am also the Lion there.

I am the Lion who knew you long before you were ever born, and who loved you ever since I created you. I am the Lion who calls to you, reaching out to you, offering to call you mine. I am the Lion who loves you unendingly, unfailingly, and unconditionally. I am the Lion who showed you that love by laying down my life for you and rising again, as I did in Narnia. I am the Lion who will give you peace and hope. I am the Lion who will be with you always, even to the end of the age. And I am the Lion who will one day call all of my own to me. I will call them home to be with me for always, when the time is right.

I am the Lion who has done all these things, and who will do so much more. I AM the Lion that reigns and loves. Not I was, for that would imply I only was in the past, and not now. Not I will be, for that would imply I only will be in the future, and not now. I am, now and forever.

I am who I am.

I am the Lion.