“Sam saw a white star twinkle for a while.  The beauty of it smote his heart, as he looked up out of the forsaken land, and hope returned to him.  For like a shaft, clear and cold, the thought pierced him that in the end the Shadow was only a small and passing thing; there was light and high beauty forever beyond its reach.”

J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings (Boston, 1994), page 901.

“This darkness is very deep, but our God has gone deeper still.  When you have been to Calvary, even Ravensbrook [Concentration Camp] looks small.”

Corrie Ten Boom, quoted in Peter J. Kreeft, The Philosophy of Tolkien (San Francisco, 2005), page 186.

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2 thoughts on “Darkness is small, and passing”

  1. Bernard says:

    Thanks for these great quotes Ray. They go together very well.

  2. Gavin Henderson says:

    Thanks for this post, Ray. Its’exactly what I needed to hear today.
    God Bless.

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