The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Advent readings focus us

We see more clearly the past, present and future

I received my first pair of glasses in high school. That first pair was for reading, but those that followed were bifocals, trifocals and now progressive lenses. Each pair was designed to improve my vision.

The Scripture readings for Advent give us a distinctive lens for viewing each other, our faith and the world.

In his letter to the Roman Christians, whom he had never met, the apostle Paul refers to God's promise as the lens for viewing each other. He suggests that the lens for viewing each other is "the gospel of God ... the gospel concerning his son ... Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all ... including yourselves who are called to belong to Jesus Christ" (Romans 1:1-7).

Whatever disappointments, suspicions or resentments they may have had about each other, when viewed through this lens, all are set aside.

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