It’s a snowday here in Storm Lake. A blizzardy, blustery, whiteout. It’s beautiful and it makes me really thankful to have a warm home to hole up in. We’ve spent the day curled up in sweats and blankets watching Lord of the Rings. It’s been lovely. So, in honor of these great movies, I want to share a quote from Samwise Gamgee, a brave and loyal friend.
Frodo: I can’t do this, Sam.
Sam: I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.
Frodo: What are we holding onto, Sam?
Sam: That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo… and it’s worth fighting for.
No, I’m not on my way to Mordor with an evil ring…but I can relate in some ways. Frodo and Sam are on this impossible journey. They are seeing the world for what it is. There is evil outside of the Shire and that’s news to them. But what keeps them from sinking into a depression and giving in to the ring? The hope and good in the world.
So, afer graduating, I jumped into real life and saw all sorts of issues first hand. life, political, criminal justice, faith, friendship, service, ministry, educational. The world is messed up and that’s frustrating and depressing, but there’s hope out there.
There’s some good in this world and it’s worth fighting for.