Hope and Despair


Hope and Despair

I finished reading the Lord of the Rings series! The movies are great but I’d say the book is better. Tolkien does an amazing job of illustrating the battle between good and evil. I see so much of my own life and my own struggles in that book. It works on so many levels.



It’s amazing how people try to dissect Tolkien like they dissect the bible. They are busily trying to identify what the “true” meaning of the text is. Tolkien hated it when people did this in his lifetime. He knew that his writings had the potential to change people. I believe that once you try to systematically dissect the book you rob it of its real power. I’ve been quietly thinking that my approach to scripture could use some adjusting.



In the last third of the trilogy Tolkien illustrates the tension between despair and hope. When you have hope evil will stop at nothing to erase that hope. Evil will try to convince you that your situation is hopeless when it isn’t. In the last 6 weeks I’ve seen this. All it takes is hopelessness to destroy a person. The power of the enemy is subtle and deceptive.

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