Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not whither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be King."
- J. R. R. Tolkein
This has been on my heart lately. A line or two has been whispered to me while I'm walking from class to class or to a bus stop.
"Not all those who wander are lost..."
There is hope. There is hope even when there seems to be no hope.
Post-modernism says there is no hope. Toni Morrison (an author I've had to read) says there's no hope.
But there is hope...
"From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring..."
Maybe it's just because it's late fall--and Tolkein was just meant for fall. I don't know.
But I do know that there is hope. I do know that the post-modernists got some of the questions right, but most of the answers wrong. I know that academia has de-throned Christ in every way. But I also know that "the crownless again shall be King."
The night may be dark, the light may be bleak. Post-modernists may be king of the hill, but God wins the day. They may say what they like and try and pervert all that is holy and good. They may drink deep draughts of bitterness and anger. They may even force me to listen to their complaints and their perversions for 205 pages... but there is still hope.
I think I'm saying this "aloud" to remind myself more than to inform anyone else. I also think this turned into something much more deep and melancholy than I intended, especially since I only intended to post those two stanzas and leave them be.
Alright, I'm going back to finish my response paper.
Wish me luck...
I hope you have a splendid evening. I plan to yet =)