I seek among the card displays,
To try if I could find,
Something that would really say
What's exactly on my mind.
However there was not a one,
That can say it just right,
For no one else can comprehend
The things I'd like to write.
I really find it difficult
To try to write it down,
For how do I portray to you,
The friendship I have found?
I close my eyes and this I see,
A friend that I can call,
Someone who is beautiful,
Right down to her soul.
No words can describe
The qualities that you show,
The love and caring nature
That you share to those you know.
Your kindness and gentleness,
Your sweet angelic smile,
Your softly spoken sentiments,
That reach across the miles.
Your smile and laugh that sparkle
The softness of your sighs,
The way your face lights up a room
That twinkle in your eye.
I struggle and I search to try
To find some words anew
And yet I cannot capture
All words that best describe you.
I shall therefore, be satisfied
That you must simply know,
Just how I feel about you,
For with words I cannot show.
Lay spirituality calls all faithful to be self-giving in the total aspect of Christ. it is an enlightened activism, which implores us to go out of our comfort zones and experience the passion of our Lord through the reality of our modern lives. Times are different and the pace of living has significantly changed from the rural culture of the original disciples; but it must be realized, that more than ever, the example set by these servants of Christ are as applicable as it was 2000 years ago.
Vigilance is required if one hopes to develop the fruitful spirituality of our Savior. It is not enough for us to just keep our weekly, even daily, obligations to communicate to our Father above. It is in fact more substantial to practice in our everyday actions, the simple deeds of love, which we can do towards others. Simple it is indeed, such that one must not feel burdened into thinking that living like that of Christ is impossible. It is in reality, very attainable.
One must only start to look around his or her own circles. Family and friends are our immediate spheres of influence where we can affect our spirituality. General practices of concern, empathy and thoughtfulness; offering your shoulder to lean on and giving an ear that will listen; to maintain a harmonious camaraderie among these people - these are only few of what one can contiguously render to achieve spirituality within our own social circle.
On a macro level, one can never underestimate the power of one voice amidst the roaring crowd of society. Setting oneself as an ideal citizen - obeying pedestrian rules, participating in community endeavors, maintaining a hopeful disposition regarding our country's state - these are efficient methods to enhance one's active spirituality.
Translate each day, each moment as an opportunity to grow in the spirituality called upon us. One need not strive for something so extravagant to show one's effectivity. It is, in fact, all in the summation of the small deeds we partake, which brings us, closer to the ideal spirituality of Christ.
Gandalf... The Christian
Many audiences worldwide applauded the coming to life in the silver screen of one of the most celebrated fantasy novels of our generation, J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of The Rings. The novels were written during the 1950's but up until now, the trilogy never fails to capture the interest and imagination of people, young and old across the globe.
As everyone anticipates the last installment coming by the end of this year, I've come to reflect upon the story's natural appeal and discovered that within its many plots underlies numerous Christian values and principles. Its ageless allure may very well be compared to the timeless lessons, parables and teachings of Jesus Christ. The classic struggle between good and evil as well as the relentless vigilance to do what is right is not confined within the fantasy world of Tolkien but is very real in our world today.
One of the main characters of the story is Gandalf. He is as ancient as Tolkien's world of Middle earth and knows the many secrets of its land. This great wizard led the Fellowship of The Ring in the first part of the trilogy as they travelled through different realms towards Mt. Doom where they are set to destroy The One Ring. Dressed in tattered looms and ragged clothes, Gandalf The Grey showed great wisdom, leadership and assiduous resistance to the temptation of corruption by The One Ring.
In one of their travels, within the dwarven mines of Moria, they encountered Balrog, demon of the underworld and Gandalf's most fearsome enemy. After an exhilarating chase, the scene ended with a confrontation between the two. Gandalf, with his staff of light, gathered all his might and power to protect the fellowship and sacrificed himself in the process to defeat the demon.
He returned in the second part of the trilogy, The Two Towers, as Gandalf The White. Resurrected from the previous death, now much wiser and powerful, he became the savior of the fellowship in their seemingly hopeless battle of Helm's Deep.
What can we expect from him in the final part of the trilogy? I would leave this question unanswered for now. What is important for us is to realize that Gandalf's character served as a very Christian model for the fellowship. Sacrificing himself for the sake of his friends, and coming back to life to serve as a messiah for them.
Gandalf can boldly be said to be Tolkien's manifestation of Jesus Christ. He is wise and powerful yet came to us humbly as a carpenter's son. He did many miraculous deeds and even died for our sins. He came back resurrected and continues to guide our everyday lives to struggle against evil and its temptations.
I hope that through this small realization, each of one will likewise try to be like Gandalf The Christian. Able to act and live according to the lessons that Jesus taught us. Never afraid to face our fears and always courageous and vigilant of our Christianity.