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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Do You Love Tolkien? Watch This!

What are hobbits? Saints in the making protecting hearth and home and willing to go on a "crusade" to protect it! Next time you read Lord of the Rings consider these themes: home as the domestic church, suffering and sacrifice for others, forgiveness, missionary journey, friendship and charity, resisting evil, assistance from "guardian angels" (or other creatures with wings or branches). Yes, there's much to reflect on in Lord of the Rings. Tolkien created a rich environment with spiritual themes and implications for our own journey toward holiness. And we certainly live in the time of many evil Saurons determined to destroy all that is good in a quest for power. We may be small and weak like hobbits, but united with the Lord we can take on the world, the flesh, and the devil with courage. If God is for us, who can be against us?

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