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One day many years ago I was reading The Hobbit and I was living vicariously through my favorite character, Bilbo Baggins, in a dangerous situation.  And I wondered what it must have been like to be him.

This was not my first time reading this book, and in that moment I wished that I could have talked to Mr. Baggins and assure him that all would turn out beautifully. That there would be loss and struggle, but that he would prevail and save his Shire, and the world itself.
I wanted to tell him that he had an author who had already written his story and therefore his victory was assured.  But I couldn't communicate to Bilbo Baggins.
And the only way for Bilbo to know about J.R.R. Tolkien, was if Mr. Tolkien wrote himself into that story so Bilbo Baggin could hear and see the larger truth.

"And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory"

Join us this Advent season as we remind ourselves that when "The Before" became, He did so to write Himself into His own story, so that we could behold His glory and have assurance of our victory.

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