Miscellaneous Monday – Reminiscing – Going home to Middle Earth

I have been going through old writings. Some of them I may have already posted, but I feel as though I should start re-posting them as they are still relevant today and may be needed by someone new to this site. I am going to put these under the heading of Reminiscing. You can find them in the menu (under the picture above) if you miss any. Today’s is from August 5, 2019

This photo always reminds me of The Lord of the Rings

There are some movies (and some TV shows) that bring out a feeling of homecoming when you watch them after having not watched them in a while – some theme songs that can fill you with a sense of joy and peace and …. a feeling of arriving home after a long absence with only the first few notes.

Some of those movies for me are the Lord of the Rings series of movies; and I found myself being drawn into watching the Hobbit trilogy and then The Lord of the Rings trilogy last week after Pastor J over at Lilllie-Put began his Tolkien Quotes with my favorite lines from those movies.

It is in The Fellowship of the Ring, as they are sitting in the ‘long dark of Moria’ after they reach a spot that Gandalf has no memory of. Frodo sees Gollum sneaking up behind them and goes to Gandalf, to warn him. Frodo allows his fear and unease at the task that he has been given of destroying the ‘One Ring’ to color his judgment, making him wish that Gollum had been killed before. Gandalf warns him not to judge too harshly because he believes that Gollum may have some part to play yet in the fate of many.

Frodo tells Gandalf: “I wish the ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened.”

Gandalf replies: “So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. There are other forces at work in this world, Frodo, besides the will of evil. Bilbo was meant to find the Ring. In which case you also were meant to have it. And that is an encouraging thought.”

For me, as a Christian, there are so many lessons to be taken away from this short conversation.

Do not judge and condemn others, even our enemies, because God may have plans for them in the future which we know nothing about.

Our actions can affect and influence other’s lives, even into the future.

We each have a God-given plan for our lives. It is up to us whether to follow it or not. And while the choice is ours to make, we must also realize that there are always consequences to our actions. Some of which may take years to come about.

But the best take away is the fact that God is in control.

“And that is an encouraging thought.”

© Drusilla Mott and https://drusillamott.wordpress.com, 2019, 2022

Reminiscing – To Our King of Glory

I have been going through old writings. Some of them I may have already posted, but I feel as though I should start re-posting them as they are still relevant today and may be needed by someone new to this site. I am going to put these under the heading of Reminiscing. Today’s is from July 2019.

Heavenly Father, Creator of Heaven and Earth, Savior and Redeemer of my soul, Praise and Glory be given to You forever and ever.

O, Lord, Your hand has not been shortened so that You cannot save, nor has Your ear become dull so that You cannot hear. It is our iniquities that have separated us from You, our sins that have hidden Your face from us so that You do not hear. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have all turned to our own way.

Our lips have spoken lies, and our feet have run to evil. Our hands are defiled with the blood of the innocent, our fingers with iniquity and wickedness.

We have transgressed and turned our back from following You, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart lying words. We have conceived mischief and given birth to immorality. We have shunned the Truth and embraced the lie, turned from the Light and welcomed darkness. Truth is lacking and the one that departs from evil makes himself a prey.

We do not know the way of peace, there is no justice in our paths. Our roads are made crooked; therefore justice and righteousness are far from us. We hope for light and brightness, but we walk in darkness and gloom. Our transgressions are multiplied before You, and our sins testify against us.

Justice is turned back and righteousness stands far away, for truth and uprightness cannot enter. You have seen it, and it displeases You that there is no justice. You have wondered why there is no one to intercede.

Lord, the earth is Your’s, and the fullness thereof; the world, and all that dwell therein. You have founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods. Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in His holy place?  He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing and righteousness from the God of his salvation. This is the generation of them that seek Thy face.

Your Word says, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

Fill us with a humble spirit, O God, that we might do justly, love mercy and walk humbly before You. Search us, and know our hearts: try us, and know our thoughts: see if there be any wicked way in us,and lead us in the way everlasting. Forgive us our sin and shine your light in the darkness.

Lift up your heads, O ye sinners; lift up Your hearts. Lift up your eyes on high and behold who has created these things. And the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle. The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory.

Lord, arise, pour out Your Spirit upon us! Let us see Your glory and the brightness of Your rising. Be our everlasting Light and our King of Glory.

© Drusilla Mott and https://drusillamott.wordpress.com, 2019, 2022