Long Live The King

For my husband, who referred to me as “long-winded,” just like himself…

One of my most favorite movie scenes is when Aragorn is crowned King of Gondor. As he walks through the crowd at Minas Tirith and finds his true love is still alive… he passes the mighty army of Rohan, the wise and bow-wielding elves from Rivendell, the dwarves with their axes, and many valiant warriors from across Middle-earth.

Then, he approaches four, simple hobbits. They begin to bow, but he stops them. and he says to Frodo, Sam, Pippin and Merry, “My friends, you bow to no one.”

Aragorn kneels before them, and everyone else follows suit.

The king, one of the most powerful men in the realm, bowing to those who appear to be mere children, out of all those present. But, these four individuals whose stature wasn’t fit for men’s armor, horses or battle, displayed the greatest amount of courage and bravery for their friends, their land, and for the king. Frodo and Sam went to hell and back, and they never would have made it without the other.

…become like little children to enter the Kingdom of God. The simple. The innocent. The tender-hearted. But, they did not know the way.

I love The Lord of the Rings. These movies are works of art, especially in cinematography and music scores.

I cry every time. Plus, knowing the history of the book author, J. R. R. Tolkien, and his beliefs and friendship with C. S. Lewis, makes it that much more beautiful.

Christianity Today International wrote that, “What Tolkien did was help Lewis see how the two sides, reason and imagination, could be integrated. During the two men’s night conversation on the Addison Walk in the grounds of Magdalen College, Tolkien showed Lewis how the two sides could be reconciled in the Gospel narratives. The Gospels had all the qualities of great human storytelling. But they portrayed a true event—God the storyteller entered his own story, in the flesh, and brought a joyous conclusion from a tragic situation. Suddenly Lewis could see that the nourishment he had always received from great myths and fantasy stories was a taste of that greatest, truest story—of the life, death, and resurrection of Christ.”

In that same article about Tolkien and Lewis, it mentions Tolkien “worried increasingly towards the end of his life that people were missing the Christian balance of his work, and were taking it almost as the basis of a new paganism.”

Yes, there is fandom, but I believe their stories did more than they could have ever imagined.

I am not a writer. I am a struggling storyteller.

In fact, I can imagine three people who probably cringe anytime they read a blog post! But, I think they love me anyway, and before my collection of stories eventually (hopefully) becomes my beloved book, someone will sit down and fix my grammar, punctuation, and all the sentence structure (but it still has to sound like me taking ninety miles an hour) .

I had to promise my mother I would change all the names, so you won’t know it is my book anyway, unless it is by my errors. ❤️

May I have the privilege though, of taking a matchstick and lighting it from the burning beacons of Gondor? I’d like to carry it through my small part of the world, to shine a flame, even if it is only enough light for my two children to see.

For I don’t think they understand the wonder of it all just yet, and I need to leave behind evidence of my journey, there and back again, should Jesus tarry.

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This idea of taking a relevant, popular, and although fictional stage, and capturing a reader so they are introduced to the idea of an even greater, underlining story, is something I wish I could master.

How many Dungeons and Dragons geeks (I mean that in love) were drawn to Stranger Things? I have watched that show several times and was introduced to fantasy characters and creatures – and a world – I never knew existed, and it was exactly like my life!

From this random Netflix series came a spiritual revelation and growth that helped me escape my real-life Upside Down. I will forever be a fan and wrote about it from a spiritual warfare perspective.

So, I often choose the sci fi or fantasy genre because that is what I enjoy. I recently finished the television series, Merlin, but now I am on season 2 of The Crown. We won’t waste time compare the quality of these two productions, except to stay with the theme involving royalty, knights, battles, love, friendship.

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One thing I really did like about Merlin is how the King’s knights stand behind him, even when they disagree. They follow him even through gritted teeth, out of respect for his position and title. The knights’ code is unwavering.

Merlin’s fierce loyalty to Arthur is displayed time and again, as he’s guided to understand it is about the destiny of Camelot and Arthur’s rule, not about one individual, even if Merlin must sacrifice himself to protect the king.

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In The Crown, the Monarchy takes away your name, your independence and identity, so you can uphold what they consider the highest calling. You answer to more people than you can number, and your life is not your own.

I have often thought during the series that the British royals have/had a crappy life. Crappy….That is the word I want to use. There are so many man-made rules that bind and restrict, prevent love, and King George was devastated when his brother abdicated and he knew his two darling girls would led a much different life than one he had planned. I wonder if the wealth, opportunities and travel are worth the sacrifices.

Royalty requires obedience.

Wait, doesn’t our Lord also have some strict guidelines, as we became joint heirs with Jesus Christ to the kingdom of God? What does our royalty require? Will we accept our role and duty to further His kingdom?

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Putting aside the fiction and non-fiction of these shows – the overwhelming theme is the Kingdom and the Crown, must come first before self.

If you think about it, this is not so different from God’s kingdom. We are instructed to die to ourselves (our flesh), take up a cross, have our minds transformed and renewed apart from the world, put away pride, and be filled and led by the Holy Spirit.

Pages and pages of instruction, woven in with endless encouragement, inspiration and truth, on how to be a true follower of Christ.

However, the rewards are more than any earthly kingdom could ever give us. The goal is much more than life and death, but eternity for everyone we know.

A house divided cannot stand. A kingdom divided cannot stand.

You cannot keep one foot on earth and one foot in heaven.

You can’t have it both ways.

It’s not about the people, or personal glory, but doing whatever it takes from self sacrifice to preserve something greater than yourself.

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Middle Earth and Sauron

Narnia and The White Witch

Merlin, Arthur and Mordred

Hogwarts and Voldemort (yes, I could write a whole post about this one)

Indiana Jones and the Nazis

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Examples of good and evil conflicts for centuries…

Then, we come to the last:

A very real, very present, Lucifer vs. all the world.

We are part of a great story. In fact, we are living in the greatest story of all time.

There’s an eternal kingdom, the bride of Christ, beside the King of kings and Lord of Lords.

Imagine for a moment, if we could be on screen, for the universe to sit back and watch, with celestial popcorn-what role would we play?

At the end of the longest DVD series ever produced, will we be noticed as just an extra, maybe a villager, who hid under a barrel as the dragon or death-eater swept through the town, killing neighbor, friend and family?

Or, will there be scenes showing where we stood against the evil attempting to invade our land, with the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, the shield of faith, the belt of truth, the shoes of the gospel of peace, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God?

We have access to a weapon greater than the Sword in the Stone, or the Andúril, Flame of the West.

You and I are actually holding something in 2018 that is more powerful than the most fantastic, mythical battle scene ever witnessed by human eyes, and real lives depend on it.

Where will you be standing at the end?

On which side do you appear as Voldemort attempts to recruit followers?

Where do you go when the beacons are lit and Gondor calls for aid?

There is a prophesy.

There is a book.

There is a heavenly army.

There is an dark, powerful enemy.

There will be a true Return of the King.

What say you?

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All hail King Jesus!

Your humble servant,

Keysha

Copyright © 2018 Keysha Thomaston®. All Rights Reserved.

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For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!”

The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God.

For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God.

For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.

And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body.

For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.

In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

Romans 8:14-27

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