in the shadows

“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.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien

To think of shadows is a serious thing.
Victor Hugo

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(a jackdaw at the Rock of Cashel, County Tipperary, Ireland / Julie Cook / 2015)

As the winter wanes and spring advances, the evening shadows slowly retreat from whence they came.
Or so it seems to the causal observer…
those innocents who observe the rhythm of the seasons.

Yet the shadows that secretly veil this earth…
grow ever far reaching …
while hidden from plain site…they slink around undetected

There are those who know the dangers because they can actually see..
the shape shifting shadows that dart in and out…
hidden far from reality’s plain sight
Chasing and dogging those who seek the One True Light….

Be self-controlled and vigilant always, for your enemy the devil is always about, prowling like a lion roaring for its prey. Resist him, standing firm in your faith and remember that the strain is the same for all your fellow-Christians in other parts of the world. And after you have borne these sufferings a very little while, God himself (from whom we receive all grace and who has called you to share his eternal splendour through Christ) will make you whole and secure and strong. All power is his for ever and ever, amen!
1Peter 5:8 (Phillips)

7 comments on “in the shadows

  1. mywords2228 says:

    This was lovely, I so enjoyed reading it. 🙂

  2. Lynda says:

    Julie, the photo is beautiful. One of these days I might get to Ireland – my mother’s family is Irish and it is really in my blood. And yes, we must always be vigilant and stand firm in the faith for it is of paramount importance that we uphold the right. God is there even when we are unaware. Blessings on your weekend.

    • Then you must go!!
      My great great grandparents came from Ireland, up in County Donegal.
      And what with our political system having totally swirled down the toilet what with a bunch of sophomoric juvenile delinquents on one side and a lying cheat along with a socialist hiding as a democrat on the other, I’m ready to just pack up and head across the pond, back home as it were 🙂
      Happy weekend Lynda!!!

  3. This reminds me of the verse from Proverbs 28:1 “The wicked flee though no one is pursues but the righteous are bold as a lion.” What a strengthening post Julie!

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