Naked in the Dark

By Brent King On March 2, 2015 Under Lessons in Fantasy

Frodo SamOne of the scenes in the 2003 movie, The Return of the King, that touches me deeply is Sam gathering up Frodo in his arms and trying to comfort him with images of the Shire. Yet the only answer that he gets is,No, Sam. I can’t recall the taste of food, nor the sound of water, nor the touch of grass. I’m naked in the dark, with nothing, no veil between me and the ring of fire. I can see him with my waking eyes!”

I’m naked in the dark. I know what it feels like to be naked in the dark. We all do, and when we come to that place of utter nakedness, we either find a covering or lose our minds.

In such times of trauma, what could possibly veil us from the fire and return us to the domestic joys of the Shire once more? There is only one thing. It protects us and nurtures in our direst hour. It is the cloak of Christ’s righteousness. Without that cloak, there is nothing between us and the great eye, between us and abyss of evil.

Our sin has brought us to the slopes of Mount Doom. There we lay exposed, naked before the ring of fire. Thankfully there is One who picks us up, wraps us in His protective cloak and carrys us to safety. There is no other solution in our extremity. Only the the cloak of Christ’s righteousness can cover our nakedness and protect us from the dark and from the flame.


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  1. AshleeW
    March 3, 2015
    2:24 pm #comment-1

    I love that scene too. Such a powerful message. Great post, Brent!!

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