Hymn for a stressful time

“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.
“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

-J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

Tolkien, a man ravaged by the Great War of his time, wrote this years later in reference to the horrors he faced. How relevant it is for today’s time.

 
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