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Worth fighting for

“Frodo: I can’t do this, Sam.

Sam: I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened?

But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.

Frodo: What are we holding onto, Sam?

Sam: That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo… and it’s worth fighting for.”

― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers


My babies are asleep soundly in their beds tonight, blissfully unaware of today’s tragedy. This mama’s heart does not rest easily–but gratefully. So very gratefully. Tomorrow we keep moving. Sorrowful. Changed. Seeking understanding. Humbled by the mighty God we serve.

  • Ginger Unzueta - love your words “this mama’s heart does not rest easily-but gratefully.” beautifully written and captured on such a tragic day. John 16:33 that “In the world you have trouble and suffering, but take courage – I have conquered the world.”ReplyCancel

  • gretchen - Stephanie, what a beautiful reminder of life and what we as moms fight for. And how there is so much good in this world that we must hold onto it and be willing to fight for it. Also, wanted to let you know that I always love seeing your work. It’s just so beautiful!ReplyCancel

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