Something to Hold On To

Sam: 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. That there is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for.

~Samwise Gamgee

(J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers)

My family was watching Lord of The Rings during the holidays and one scene really stood out to me. It was in the second movie- The Two Towers. After a battle, Frodo had Samwise pinned down with a sword at his throat before realizing it was his dear friend. Sam starts talking about all the losses they had faced but there was hope for a better day. It reminded me of this year, 2020, this battle. It also reminded me of every battle or trial anyone faces. Sam talks about holding on because of the good that is in this world. While that is true, there is good in this world, I think I would add to Sam’s speech that the best reason to fight the good fight now is for the world to come, which is Heaven our true home. The Hope we have in Jesus is the reason to hold on.

James 1:12 “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.”

2 Timothy 4:7 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”

Your friend,


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