The Breaking of the Fellowship
How do we respond in those moments? When things go awry, do we panic, like Merry and Pippin? Do we freeze with indecision, like Sam almost did? Do we become bitter, angry, or resentful, like Boromir briefly?
Or, instead, do we approach disrupted plans with patience and thoughtfulness, like Aragon and Sam (eventually)? Do we stay committed to our causes even if they require uncomfortable new approaches, like Frodo? Do we recognize that sometimes change and sundering is necessary to achieve the goal for which we originally set out?
For most of us, its probably a little of both: sometimes we are at our best, sometimes we disappoint. Lent is long, and our plans for small efforts – fasting, abstaining from some habit, praying more, doing new good deeds – will likely be disrupted by work, school, family, and other changes. When things go awry, let us strive to respond with a little more wisdom and understanding. So that we habituate ourselves to react well to the major changes that will happen in our lives.