Frodo: I can’t do this, Sam.
Sam: I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. 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. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.
Frodo: What are we holding onto, Sam?
Sam: That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo… and it’s worth fighting for.
We all have our battles, situations in our lives which test us, sometimes beyond what we believe to be our limitations. An ongoing, seemingly endless daily struggle or a sudden catastrophe; stretches us at times to a breaking point. I have often found that I do not walk this journey alone and that I must remain in action. My faith carries me through such darkness. The God of my understanding is there with me and supplies all of my needs. The darkness will pass and there will be a new day. I believe this, I count on it . . . and I keep going.
How do you keep going at times like this? What do you believe is worth fighting for? Who is by your side?
“The only way to find the limits of the possible is by going beyond them to the impossible.” ~ Arthur C. Clarke
—Elijah Wood and Sean Astin as Frodo and Sam in “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers “
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