Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Look to the East

In the second book of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, wars and rumors of wars build around the kingdom of Rohan. In the Battle of the Hornburg, all seems lost.  Evil has built to seemingly overwhelming proportions. Friends seem harder and harder to find. They are surrounded by death.

King Theoden's answer is to ride out against the evil.  He doesn't try to solve every problem. He knows that he cannot.  But he can ride out in faith and do his part.

"...King Theoden rode from Helm's Gate and clove his path to the great Dike. There the company halted. Light grew bright about them. Shafts of the sun flared above the eastern hills and glimmered on their spears. But they sat silent on their horses, and they gazed down upon the Deeping-coomb.

.... There suddenly upon a ridge appeared a rider, clad in white, shining in the rising sun. Over the low hills the horns were sounding. Behind him, hastening down the long slopes, were a thousand men on foot; their swords were in their hands. Amid them strode a man tall and strong. His shield was red. As he came to the valley's brink, he set to his lips a great black horn and blew a ringing blast."

The final answer came at dawn, in the east. When the world looked darkest, a light shone from the east, promising final victory over evil. With the Christmas season just past, we must strive to remember year-round that out of the darkness of the world shone a light from the east. The light shines for us from the east, from Bethlehem, and we receive the promise anew.

Let's strive to remember that, even with Christmas behind us -- because it never is truly behind us. "...(F)ear and great wonder had come upon them with the rising of the day." It comes on us as well, not with a flash of light and sound of trumpets - at least not yet - but it comes.  He comes.

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