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An Unexpected Journey to a True Fast

An Unexpected Journey to a True Fast

By on Feb 22, 2014 in Blog |

One thing I love about the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and The Hobbit, are the quotes that cause me to stop and think about the truths they contain.  They are statements of hope and faith, against the odds, and with evil and darkness pressing in on all sides. With the launch this Christmas of the second film in The Hobbit trilogy, it was time to watch again the first Hobbit film in preparation for the trip to the cinema. I was not disappointed as I watched An Unexpected Journey. Galadriel, the Lady of Lothlorien, asks Gandalf why he was taking Bilbo on this quest with him. In reply Gandalf responds, “I don’t know. Saruman believes that it is only great power that can hold evil in check. But that is not what I have found. I have found that it is the small things, everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keeps the darkness at bay. Simple acts of kindness and love.” This reminded me of another of my favourite films, Evan Almighty. This tells the story of a newly appointed Congressman Evan Baxter wants to “change the world” according to his election campaign. Various strange events start to happen until finally God meets him and explains how he wants him to build an Ark. Eventually, dispute the ridicule and his family temporarily leaving him, he builds the ark and saves many people when a dam bursts. At the end of the film God reveals to Evan the significance of the ARK – that the way to change the world is one Act of Random Kindness at a time. The implication is that the way to make a difference in our communities and transform them is the same: simple acts of random kindness and love, the everyday deeds of ordinary folk. This is what will hold back the darkness in our own communities and society. In Matthew 25:31-46 Jesus speaks about how the Son of Man will judge the nations as a shepherd separates his sheep from the goats. Some will be commended and rewarded for giving of themselves, for they gave food to the hungry, water to the thirsty, they invited strangers into their homes, provided clothing, cared...

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