How Jesus is Our Sam

At my first defense no one supported me, but all deserted me; may it not be counted against them. But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that through me the proclamation might be fully accomplished, and that all the Gentiles might hear; and I was rescued out of the lion’s mouth. The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed, and will bring me safely to His heavenly kingdom; to Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen. - 2 Timothy 4:16-18

So this past month, we've been watching the "Lord of the Ring" movies as a family. They just never get old for us, even though we can quote them by now. Depending on what I'm going through at the time, God always pricks my heart with different parts or phrases or relationships from these stories.

This time, the message was from Sam. Don't you just love Sam?

In the third movie, Sam tells Frodo that he might not be able to carry his burden, but he can carry him. And he does. It struck me so deeply at that moment.

Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. - Luke 14:27

Jesus is our Sam. We may have to carry the physical burdens we are given in this world, but he never leaves our side, no matter the dangers, no matter how we doubt Him, even if we insist that He leave us. Even if we try to run away.

He will feed his flock like a shepherd. He will carry the lambs in his arms, holding them close to his heart. He will gently lead the mother sheep with their young. - Isaiah 40:11

He cannot remove the burden from us, but He can carry us. And He does.

The next part that struck me from Sam was even nearer to the end. Poor Frodo was just devastated that he had been so weak when it really counted. He was literally hanging from a ledge, broken and bloody. Sam reached down to him. He could see in his eyes what Frodo was contemplating doing. It would be so easy to just let go.

“Don't you do it. Don't let go.”

Do you hear the voice of Jesus there? I do.

“Reach,” he said.

Reach.
Dear God Who Sustains, how can we possibly thank You for providing the perfect Friend and Companion? The perfect Hero. May we always listen. May we always hear. In Jesus' Name, Amen...


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Breathe Bible Audio New Testament: A Review #breathebible

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. - 2 Timothy 3:16

Recently I had the privilege of receiving Breathe Bible Audio New Testament for the purpose of a review. It is a remarkably vivid listening experience that transports you into the world of the Bible.

  • Over 21 fully dramatized hours of immersive audio
  • 18 high quality CD’s in a portable audio album
  • Award-winning cast of 90 artists
  • Cinema-quality sound & original Score
  • BONUS! Free Audio New Testament app is also included so you can listen wherever you go. Or, you can purchase the app separately for your Apple or Android device.

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I have to tell you, my entire family is just in love with this Bible! We listen each evening to the CDs together. It is so easy to understand and really does bring the scripture to life!

The fact that different voices are used for each character makes this audio so simple to follow. The actors do a wonderful job of portraying the emotion and real life behind each verse. The original music on these files is a soothing and peaceful backdrop for the drama that plays out in the verses.

I can't wait to download the app that comes with this set, so that we can take this with us everywhere we go. We are going through a difficult time in our lives right now, and this collection really has added what feels like a sacred time to our family evenings.

This would make a wonderful gift for yourself or your loved ones.



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