Fellowship of the Rings

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12, New International Version

I recently watched the first movie in the Lord of the Rings trilogy – Fellowship of the Ring. The movie is rich with meaning and this first one begins a tale of friendship.

We all have friendships. Some span a lifetime. Some are based on mutual interests, family, career, social, or based on other reasons.

I like the word fellowship because it conjures up something active – the idea of people responding to and caring for others.

Those friends in LOTR were brought together during a time of danger. They didn’t know each other but the bond of a common faith, desire, and goal cemented them, one to another. They were as diverse a group as one could find in demeanor, appearance, and background. Yet each had a unique strength and when combined together, they faced evil that gave every indication of overpowering supremacy. Their fellowship accomplished the unthinkable.

It was their faith in overcoming darkness, their trust in the light of truth, and their belief in the fellowship of the ring that ultimately brought victory.

Too often, we see our faith as something less. It’s not. We battle unseen forces. I’m not talking so much about demons, although Paul tells us our battles are not with flesh and blood but with demons over whom Satan has control.

True, these are grand challenges that we usually recognize and, in so doing, we realize our need of God’s power. Nevertheless, our giants can be as innocuous as the worry and fear that plague our every day lives. Our sight isn’t always as clear in these personal battles. Yet, our God can strengthen us to live victoriously in the small things.

What does all this have to do with the fellowship of the rings?”

I’ve joined a group of Christian writers in a web ring, Lindenville CafĂ©. Visitors can easily click to another blog of inspirational words. It is my hope that by joining together, as those characters did in LOTR, we can encourage others with the hope found in the Creator’s light and truth.

I invite you to browse the ring. I think you’ll find a diversity of talent. I know you’ll find people just like yourselves who share God’s truth in the realities of their own lives.

Blessings, Francine

4 comments:

    On 12:57 PM Cami said...

    "And she wiped a thankful tear from her eye..." For some reason, this is the second time I've resorted to using the third person today--most likely for the same reason you wrote what you wrote; we need to draw upon one another's gifts, yes, just like the Fellowship of the Ring...oh, wow, how apropo! You're so right about the daily worries and fears that try to creep in. May we ever be mindful of what is highest and best!

     
    On 11:20 AM I.I. said...

    'fellowship of the web ring' -- I love it!

     

    My ultimate favorite movies are the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I think there is so much truth hidden in those tales. I'm so glad we can journey together, me a hobbit, or some such small person. . . so thankful just to be along for the ride. Thanks for the encouraging words.

     
    On 11:13 AM Francine said...

    Thanks to all of you ... it's encouragement like this that helps confirm God's working in my life.

     
 
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