The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


A word for all seasons

As our life progresses, God speaks an ever-changing word for us

He can indeed speak to me if he chooses to do so. You must keep your eye on the word that applies to you, that is spoken to you" ("How Christians Should Regard Moses" in Martin Luther's Basic Theological Writings, edited by Timothy F. Lull; Fortress Press, 1989; page 144).

God's loving word may be different for each of us, but it's ever-present: at the baptism, the growing, the wedding, the birth of children, the working, the funeral. It's another answer to our problem of theodicy — God's love and God's justice. People will sin, suffer and surely die in May. The promise is that God speaks the word appropriate for us at this moment in this place. We must listen.

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