We’re In This Together

I like books.  Specifically, I like books on history, biography, and theology.  My favorite books are those that find a way to combine the categories above.  Recently, I’ve enjoyed reading fictional books as well.  My son and I are working our way through C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia.  We started a little over a year ago, and we’re both hooked.  It’s my second time through the series, and to be honest, I wish I read them through much earlier in life.

I also love the Harry Potter series.  I took advantage of a free Amazon promotion on the series a few years ago when my youngest daughter refused to sleep through the night during the first eleven months (yes, ELEVEN months!) of her life.  I learned to master simultaneously balancing a baby, a bottle, and a Kindle in my arms while in the rocking chair.

Currently, I’m reading through J.R.R Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings series, just finishing The Hobbit this weekend.  Like the other books mentioned earlier, I’ve never read through this series, but I’ve quickly learned that it too is one I wish I would have picked up much earlier in life.

Which brings me to the point of this post.  In the beginning of The Lord of the Rings, one of the main characters named Frodo is speaking to a wizard named Gandalf about the circumstances that have come upon them.  Upon learning about the uncertainty of their future, Frodo states:

“I wish it need not have happened in my time.”, to which Gandalf replies: “So do I, 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.”.

The Fellowship of the Ring

Like Frodo, we are all in the midst of uncertain times.  While we don’t know how the days and months ahead will play out, we do know they will very likely be challenging.  So as best I can, I’d like to help equip you for this journey with things that have been a help to me in my own.  In the days to come, I’m going to update this blog with links to various resourcesbooks, articles, podcasts, and blogs that have helped me in my journey as a follower of Jesus.  Some may help you think or reason well.  Others may help you to laugh.  And others, like the books listed above, may just help you decide to make the most of your adventure… no matter how perilous it may be.

While we all wish we weren’t on this particular “adventure”, we can be thankful that we’re on it together.

Published by Patrick Harmon

Executive Pastor @ First Baptist North Augusta

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