Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Gandalf on Stewardship

For Earth Day, let me share some words from J.R.R. Tolkien that express my understanding of what we are called to in the area of creation care. This is taken from The Return of the King (I assume it's also in the movie, but I've never seen that), and Gandalf is talking to Denethor, the despairing Steward of Gondor (shortly before the latter, in his hopelessness, takes his own life). Gandalf said...
...the rule of no realm is mine, neither of Gondor nor any other, great or small. But all worthy things that are in peril as the world now stands, these are my care. And for my part, I shall not wholly fail of my task, though Gondor should perish, if anything passes through this night that can still grow fair or bear fruit and flower again in days to come. For I also am a steward.
May you be a good steward today (and every day) of all that with which God has entrusted you!

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