You Walk A Lonely Road

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March 29, 2013 by Pastor Ben McIntire

Frodo

The Lord of the Rings is one of my all-time favorite stories, so when Peter Jackson and Co. made it into a live-action film I had really high hopes; and they did not disappoint. The story of Frodo, Gandalf, the hobbits, humans, dwarves and elves all working together against the dark wizard Sauron captures not just the imagination and longing for adventure, but I think also our spiritual imagination and the soul’s connection to the Great Story of God entering human history in the man Jesus Christ.

One of the songs from The Fellowship of the Ring, the first movie in the trilogy, is “May It Be” by Enya. The melody is hauntingly beautiful (one of Enya’s trademarks) and the words are an eloquent expression of what Frodo must face as the Ring-Bearer, taking the One Ring of Power across dangerous lands into the very heart of Mordor, the enemy’s stronghold, and destroy it by throwing it into the fiery chasm of Mount Doom. He is only one small hobbit from the Shire, a peaceful and bucolic land where adventures are shunned, danger is far off, and discomfort means missing one of the six meals of the day. Frodo is the unlikely hero, a Christ-figure in Tolkien’s Middle Earth, who willingly walks toward certain death in order to accomplish a task that will save the world.

“May It Be”

May it be, an evening star
Shines down upon you
May it be, when darkness falls
Your heart will be true
You walk a lonely road
Oh! How far you are from home

Mornie utulie (Darkness has come)
Believe and you will find your way
Mornie alantie (Darkness has fallen)
A promise lives within you now

May it be, the shadow’s call
Will fly away
May it be, you journey on
To light the day
When the night is overcome
You may rise to find the sun

Mornie utulie (Darkness has come)
Believe and you will find your way

Mornie alantie (Darkness has fallen)
A promise lives within you now

After reading the words, you owe it to yourself to hear “May It Be” sung by Lisa Kelly of Celtic Woman here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wyVR1RqPwQ

Today is Good Friday. We call it “good” because today we remember Jesus walking the lonely road to the cross where he was crucified and killed. On Good Friday in the hours just after midnight, Jesus took his disciples to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray. He asked them to keep awake and watch with him, but they all fell asleep as he went to pray.

Praying At Gethsemane by He Qi

Praying At Gethsemane by He Qi

This painting by He Qi (pronounced “Huh Chee”) depicts Jesus praying under the light of the evening star as his disciples doze off. As darkness fell around them, not just the literal darkness of night but also the darkness of sin and evil, Jesus’ heart was true. He prayed, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet not my will but yours be done.” The cup he spoke of was the cup of suffering, the cup of a sacrificial death and the moment when this sinless and innocent person took upon himself all the sins of the world. That was Jesus’ lonely road. Alone while his friends slept around him; alone bearing the crushing weight of the world’s sins. Oh, how far you are from your heavenly home, Jesus!

But the Promise was inside Jesus, in fact He himself was the promise. And even though he died on the cross, the “shadow’s call,” Death itself, flew away on Easter morning. Jesus journeyed on, even through death, to the light of day on Easter Sunday. The night of betrayal, suffering, and death was overcome—and so we too shall all rise from the dead on the Last Day, to see the Son.

Prayer:

Risen Lord, help me to have faith and believe in you. Show me your way. As the promise of eternal life lives in you, help me to bear that promise in my own heart and on my lips for the good of others in this world. Thank you for your sacrificial love for me, a sinner.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Pastor Ben is now a post-bacc student at University of Nebraska-Omaha, taking pre-med classes and working as an ER medical scribe and science tutor.

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