One of my favorite scenes in The Lord of the Rings trilogy is Sam’s speech in Osgiliath at the end of The Two Towers. This is no surprise as Samwise is one of, if not the, favorite characters in the books and movies. In case you haven’t seen this clip, here’s two minutes that will no doubt inspire you:
Why does Samwise Gamgee’s speech inspire us viewers so deeply? I think because his words are so true to what humanity experiences at any given time in history. Some times are absolutely harder and darker than others, but as I experience more life with each passing year, I feel these words so much more with every re-watch.
“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.”
I’m thankful for the eternal hope I have, to know a new day will come, when the sun will shine out the clearer. That makes it all worth it. To keep going, to keep fighting the good fight, to keep pursing love and justice. It’s something worth holding on to.
Today, I hope you are reminded of what you’re holding on to. And may the Lord bless you and keep you and give you peace* as you remember that there’s some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for.
What inspires you about this scene?
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