The Church is His Bride

In J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, a character named Aragorn is finally crowned as the rightful king. “But when Aragorn arose all that beheld him gazed in silence, for it seemed to them that he was revealed to them now for the first time. Tall as the sea-kings of old, he stood above all that were near; ancient of days he seemed and yet in the flower of manhood; and wisdom sat upon his brow, and strength and healing were in his hands, and a light was about him” (J. R. R. Tolkien, The Return of the King: Being the Third Part of the Lord of the Rings [Boston: Mariner Books, 1999], 947).

In the midst of discomfort, frustration, or challenges in life or within the church, we can find comfort in the fact that God has already told us what happens in the end, and that as his church we will be his bride.