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Don't Give Up, Gimli!

Monday, January 27, 2020

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“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Sir Winston S. Churchill

At the end of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, all hope seems to be lost. Gandalf the Grey is believed dead, Boromir has fallen in battle, Frodo and Sam have gone off on their own to destroy the ring of power, Merry and Pippin have been captured by a group of Uruk-hai, and Aragorn, Gimli, and Legolas are left to decide their next course of action.

In despair, Gimli says, “Then it has all been in vain...the fellowship has failed.” Unable to further aid Frodo in his journey to Mordor, Gimli has briefly given up. Plans made not weeks earlier by the fellowship have quickly gone awry.

Aragorn, however, does not so easily concede defeat. While he admits that Frodo’s fate is no longer in their hands, he does not believe the fellowship has failed, urging the three to hold true to each other. He will not allow them to abandon Merry and Pippin while they have strength left.

Our plans often fail in life, but God remains in control. Proverbs 16:9 reads, “The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.” Moreover, though we may not immediately accomplish what we set out to do, we are to persevere. James 1:12 says, “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.”

Do not be discouraged. Do not give up.

“For the righteous falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked stumble in times of calamity.” Proverbs 24:16 ESV

- Christopher Glading, Director of Programs and Publicity

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