2.01.2010

The Grey Havens

This last Friday night, my brothers and I watched The Return of the King. I do think that one is my favorite of the three movies, though The Fellowship of the Ring is a close second (I don't like The Two Towers as much - too many battles). I always cry at the end, when they're parting at the Grey Havens. Just that look that Frodo gives the other hobbits... and the sadness in Sam's eyes...

Anyways, tears aside, seeing the scene of the Grey Havens got me thinking about heaven. Just like at the Grey Havens, there will be partings, even of friends. Thankfully, though, Sam also went to the Grey Havens towards the end of his life. So he and Frodo were together once more. But I'm sure for many of us, there are people that we know, even good friends, who are not Christians and will go to hell. That will be really horrible - knowing they're going to the worst place imaginable and can never escape! When you think of it that way, how can we keep from telling them about God's salvation? It's pretty much a life or death situation!

In the song, "Into the West", one of the lines is "White ships have come to carry you home." For Frodo, the elves, and Gandalf, they were going home. Middle Earth actually wasn't the elves' real home - and for Frodo, Middle Earth was a place where he could never truly be at peace. After all he had gone through, he was permanently scarred with the burden he had carried. So it is with us. This earth isn't our real home; we are citizens of heaven. Though we can experience God's peace here on earth, it will always be at war with our flesh. We are never truly whole until we come into the presence of the Almighty God and worship at His feet.

Thinking about heaven really puts things in perspective, doesn't it? It makes me want to witness to others and put aside my insecurity about how they will judge me. Because really, the way people view me here on earth isn't going to matter in heaven. What does it inspire you to do?

~Melody

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Josh said... {Reply}

Very well done, Melody. Lord of the Rings happens to be one of my favorite stories, not least for the parallels it has to the story of God's redemption and our battle against the world. Of course, in real life, courage and integrity are infinitely more important. You are right; it is a life-and-death situation. We can be the heroes. All we need to do is step up and say, "I will go."

Hannah said... {Reply}

Melody,
Oh, this post was beautiful. Such a good allegory that you found between it, and much truth.

Isn't it sad to think that treasured comrades won't be going to live forever? And it DOES make you want to witness--because someday, you could have saved a life.

Love & Blessings,

--Hannah

DaveAtTheVille said... {Reply}

Great Thoughts... I thought this was fitting:

18 "For, as I have often told you before and now say again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things. 20But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body." Philippians 3:18-21

Melody said... {Reply}

Thank you Josh & Hannah for your comments! Yes, it really makes you want to stand up for the truth and bring everyone you know to Christ.
Thanks for the verse, Dave! I was thinking of that very one. :)

~Melody

Rachel Danielle said... {Reply}

I love this post, and I love your blog! Music and coloring and message and all, its gorgeous! Thank you eternally for following mine. :D

Rachel Danielle said... {Reply}

Oh, and I was a nano wrimo winner too, this year and last year! Its fun to do.

Melody said... {Reply}

Aw, thank you so much Rachel! I've been going back and forth about the layout & such, so thanks for the encouragement! And thanks for following my blog as well. :D
What is your username on NaNoWriMo? Mine's Rosepetals. :)

Love & hugs,

~Melody

Love Unawakened said... {Reply}

Hi! A friend of mine shared your blog with me and I LOVE it! I happen to write a blog about purity... You should check it out! Great job on your blog though!! :)

JEN

Bekah said... {Reply}

Lovely post, Melody. I loved it. :)

I love your background also--so pretty. :)

Also, your profile picture is BEAUTIFUL! I LOVE it. The lighting is super cool!

Love,
Bekah

Melody said... {Reply}

Thank you Jen & Bekah! I've been kinda fooling around with different ideas, so I'm glad you like the background. And thanks for the compliment about my picture, Bekah! Yours is really cute too - bright and cheerful :D

Blessings,

~Melody

 

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