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Thursday, October 21, 2010

There Be Dragons


Fairy Tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten."  ~G.K. Chesterson
  
Ephesians 6:12  "For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere.

There are times in our lives when it appears all is well and out of nowhere comes trouble.  Out of nowhere, trouble came to me.   Malevolent, pernicious, spiteful, wicked, hurtful trouble.
It has taken me some time to come to such terms as I am able and it has left a pocket of persecution behind in it's wake.   The inevitable conclusion when slander, unchecked is allowed to spread.
There is nothing I can do about it as I utterly refuse to give it credence with a defense.
Part of me, the angry part, says, "screw them", but the better part of me thinks, "what a waste".
Either way, people will think what they will and all I can do is to continue living the life I am called to live as best I can.  
I will not tell you it doesn't hurt.  On a purely visceral, fight or flight, instinctual level, the whole affair has been one big punch in the gut and I am left bruised and battered from the siege.

There is, however, treasure amidst the wreckage.  I was, unexpectedly, thrust into a group of incredible women, who have been a  fortress of love countering the siege.  God's timing is perfect.  For whatever reason the trials, He sent me angels and I am so deeply grateful for these friendships.  
The humor, laughter, support, counsel and love I have received has been a balm to my wounds, revitalizing my faith and uplifting my spirit.  Sallying forth, (to continue my fortress theme) old, dear friends also kicked in responding to some of the self- righteous crap that was directed at me.  They rock.  
Also my family, as always, supportive and loving, a refuge in times of trouble.

At long last rejuvenated,  I hunger even more deeply to be a part of needed spiritual renewal in the realm in which I dwell.  Refreshed and restored I can suit up and battle on and I know these friends have got my back.  They are my Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli, they are my Samwise.  They are Hermione and Ron to my Harry, they are my Malcolm Reynolds and I am their crew.  

Mine is a simple world and in it there be dragons.

Ephesians 6:14-18
"Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and,  as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints the helmet of salvation, "


3 comments:

MaryEllen October 21, 2010 at 10:56 PM  

Love you, Frodo dear. Honest and true.

Crystal October 26, 2010 at 11:10 AM  
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