Believing that goodness is as real and appealing as evil is not always easy. In many moments, evil can appear so widespread and overwhelming that it seems like every bit goodness must be gone, that every glimmer of something true and worth living for must be have faded.
This is on my mind because I’ve been rewatching the Lord of the Rings films. Nearing the end of the Two Towers, Samwise Gamgee encourages his companion, Frodo Baggins, as they struggle to press forward in their difficult and treacherous journey. His words offer a moving reminder for anyone searching for hope in the midst of despair: