"Dawn is ever the hope of men" – JRR Tolkien

Sometimes night seems to last forever, be it a literal or figurative night.

Just when you feel as if the idea of daylight was just a dream and this perpetual night is and will always be your reality.

Just when things go from bad to worse to wretched.

Just when you are furthest removed from the last sliver of sunlight that disappeared at dusk, dawn breaks through and hope is renewed.

A quote from Aragorn in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Two Towers, part two of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, captures this sentiment perfectly.

“Dawn is ever the hope of men.”

The psalmist understood this when he wrote, “weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5)

Surely, the Jesus’ disciples came to recognize this as they encountered their risen Lord on that first Easter morning.

The “hope of men” is the hope of each man, woman and child – dawn, a new start, a fresh beginning, hope realized.

The Gospel is the not just the result of Easter, it is the picture of it. It is hope for each and every person. It is the promise that the darkness has an end.

As foreboding as the night seems, a single ray of the sun can shoot across the sky and obliterate the night.

As overwhelming as your circumstances may seem, they are not too much for your Savior, the Dawn-Bringer.

Dawn is ever the hope of men and Christ is that hope realized and personified.

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Aaron Earls

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