Why does Tolkien end each book on a cliffhanger? Now I have to read the third and last book to find out what happens.
“Sam yelled and brandished Sting, but his little voice was drowned in the tumult. No one heeded him.
The great doors slammed to.
The bars of iron fell into place inside.
The gate was shut.
Sam hurled himself against the bolted brazen plates and fell senseless to the ground.
He was out in the darkness.
Frodo was alive but taken by the Enemy.”
I think most of us identify with Sam. We try to be faithful, to help others, and to be brave. But we fail miserably. When we thought that our master was dead and (ostentatiously) thought that it was our duty to carry on the mission, we find that we were in the wrong. As a result, we’re in even greater trouble. But God uses these circumstances to humble us and show us that He can use us, even if we are so very incompetent. He can use us as long as we are willing.