“The world is indeed full of peril and in it there are many dark places.
But still there is much that is fair. And though in all lands, love is now
mingled with grief, it still grows, perhaps, the greater.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien
It is often quite easy to grow discouraged–with hopelessness nipping constantly at our heels. Tragedies at every turn tempt us with unanswerable questions. Why? How could this be? It’s not fair. All that is wrong seems to outweigh whatever may be good. The question so often thrown in the believers face in such times is “how can a loving God allow such?” Even as “believers” we often shout in dire frustration the same doubts into a seemingly empty void….is there no response?
This is all so difficult. And yet we so often see the answers all right in front of our face. Slowly, one by one the answers emerge… One hand reaches for another…a stranger’s arms stretch to embrace and enfold one who is in anguish. Someone appears out of the nothingness to help, to hold, to lead…..the clouds pass, the sun does come up again, there is a new dawn, a new day…we begin again, slowly, steadily, moving forward—not as quickly as we’d like, but forward just the same. Because out of the bitter darkness emerge two powerful forces—Love and Hope.