My Grandsons call me Gandalf.
I take it as a compliment. For those of you unfamiliar with the character, Gandalf is an old but wise and powerful wizard in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. At our Community Trick or Treat event this Saturday evening, I will be dressed as Gandalf.
One of the great stories in The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien writes of a race of ancient tree shepherds called the Ents. There is a tremendous battle between the forces of Good and Evil in Middle-earth, but the Ents are not troubled by it. In fact, they have become so uncaring and many have fallen into a deep sleep.
Treebeard is the leader of the Ents, and he becomes acquainted with the young hobbits Merry and Pippin. They are somewhat successful in helping Treebeard see the plight of Middle-earth should the Evil forces prevail. So Treebeard gathers together the few Ents who are awake and mobile to discuss the matter. The result is merely that the Ents agree that hobbits should be added to the accepted list of other known creatures. The hobbits are disappointed, but Gandalf the wizard had earlier predicted this: If the Ents awakened, they would discover they were strong.
In the movie version, the forces of Evil become so destructive that only then does Treebeard bypass the slowness inherent in his race, and call the Ents to action. To war they go, and fighting against the dark forces of evil, the Ents do indeed prove to be strong, and help the forces of Good to win a decisive battle.
What the real Gandalf, if I may speak of him such, predicted about the Ents is what I believe is true about Crosswalk and all the other churches who love Jesus and trust his word. If we are awakened from the slumber of merely surviving in the Silicon Valley, we will discover that we are strong in the Lord to make an impact for the Kingdom of God in our environment. Battles between Good and Evil are all around us. May God help us to wake up and show how our faith makes us strong!
I hope to see many of you at our Community Trick or Treat event!
Please, bring your families and invite your friends. This is a safe environment to celebrate this cultural event, and there will be opportunities for the gospel to be shared in fun and appropriate ways. There will be activities, shows, games, and of course the trick or treating at the classrooms.
Special thanks to all who have volunteered to help. Let’s pray this event will help all to experience the joy of the Lord!