Speak, friend, and enter

     As parents, we must be convinced of our beliefs.  We must know where we stand, so that our children will know where they stand.

Kim Boyce, Contemporary Singer, Writer


[a]Ask, and it will be given to you; [b]seek, and you will find; [c]knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.

Matthew 7: NASB


The Doors of Durin

“The doors bore a design engraved in ithildin, which mirrored only starlight and moonlight. When the moon was out in full and ancient words long-forgotten were spoken, fine silver lines would appear, outlining the secret door. The designs on the arch, which were made by the Elf Celebrimbor, included a hammer and an anvil (the emblems of Durin); a crown and seven stars; two trees surmounted by crescent moons; and a single star (the Star of the House of Fëanor). The inscription at the top of the arch read: “Ennyn Durin aran Moria. Pedo mellon a minno” – “The Doors of Durin, Lord of Moria. Speak, friend, and enter.” ”

(Wikipedia contributors. “Moria (Middle-earth).” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 17 Jan. 2013. Web. 22 Jan. 2013.)

This scene from the Lord of the Rings has the fellowship arriving at the Doors of Durin on a shrouded night.  They discuss the possibilities of how to open the door, and the clouds pass, revealing the moon.  The words are then illuminated by moonlight.  Their meaning is simple, but their secret is disguised by a comma.  “Speak, friend, and enter.” are the key words.  The first sentence states what should be the obvious to the friends of Durin.  Frodo points out that it is a riddle, eliminating all the other words.

Gandalf tries simply reading the elvish, pushing against the doors, losing his temper. Finally when prompted by Frodo, reading only between the commas, he says the word “Friend” in elvish and the doors opened.  It required the light of the moon, the skill of the wizard, the innocence of the hobbit, to open the doors.

Sometimes, we complicate tasks because we try the same thing over and over expecting different results.  Frodo asks the right question, Gandalf speaks the word, the doors open.

I said yes to something last week that I have said no to for a very long time and that simple yes released years of feeling left out, barred, invisible.  It was my own failure to read between the commas for the offer of friendship.

Today, as you face the same events, routines, opportunities.  Read between the commas, you may just find a friend and a door that opens that has been shut until this moment.

Because of Him,



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January 22, 2013 · 11:33 am

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