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Points to Ponder

from the Command Chaplain

My family and I love The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien. It is always part of our holiday tradition to watch the movies together as we gather around the Christmas Tree. At the end of the movie/book, Frodo, the small Hobbit, speaks to Gandalf, the great wizard, and shares his heart about the trials and difficult times that he and the world had just endured. Gandalf gives him great wisdom and I believe great wisdom for all of us today as we process and work through the difficulties that COVID-19 has placed before us and our nation.

Gandalf understood that there is not much we can do about the circumstances in which we sometimes find ourselves living. However, there is always something we can do with our decision in how to confront the circumstances in which we find ourselves. Our attitude and perseverance while living in the struggle makes all the difference. Our ability to be resilient in the struggle begins with our attitude about how we approach the struggle.

In The Lord of the Rings, one of the main themes that permeates the books are the relationships between the characters and the deep abiding friendships, respect, and love they have for each other. It is because of these intimate relationships that these characters were able to persevere through their difficult journey. As we continue this journey together, please know that you are not alone. As you struggle and those you work with struggle . . . Please be unafraid and unashamed to ask for and receive help from your friends, family, and coworkers. Rely on each other and your faith for the strength and courage to meet each challenge. Your Command Chaplain’s office stands ready to walk this journey with you.

"I wish it need not have happened in my time," said Frodo. "So do I," said Gandalf, "and 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 us." - J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
Gandalf with the quote: "I wish it need not have happened in my time," said Frodo. "So do I," said Gandalf, "and 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 us." - J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring