Hope Shines On

Hope Shines On

by Rebekah Choat

Public tragedies surround us on all sides: egregious social injustices, catastrophic natural disasters, flagrant disregard for innate decency and common courtesy, extremes of histrionics and apathy. Personal, private tragedies are also ever near us: deaths of loved ones, somber diagnoses, horrible accidents, mutely breaking hearts. Darkness threatens to overwhelm us.

My elder daughter and I talked about this yesterday. Neither of us is sure, even, what to hope for the next few weeks, the coming months and years. But we will hold on to hope, as stubbornly, God grant, as Samwise Gamgee did as he and his friend and master, Frodo, walked the dark and dangerous road to Mount Doom.

Far above forsaken lands,
a white star, clear and cold –
Light beyond the Shadow’s reach.

 ~ found poem from
The Return of the King
by J.R.R. Tolkien

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Becka Choat is a lifelong lover of words who spends many hours each week in a room of her own, writing or reading and drinking coffee. Her book reviews can be found at www.beckasbookreview.wordpress.com, and her poetry and other musings at www.beckachoat.wordpress.com. You may also follow @beckachoat and/or @booksbybecka on Twitter.

Image by Jamie MacPherson via unsplash.com.

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