He readjusted the lens. Now the smoke curled from the cigarette in an appealingly tantalizing way, one he would take for a cigarette ad.
We tell each other stories for many reasons; sometimes simply to entertain, at others to persuade or influence people to think and act as we prefer, sometimes for the best of reasons, at other times for quite sinister purposes.
Canada Lutheran seeks to inspire and inform our readers. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada focuses on being In Mission for Others. Our writers, photographers, designers, artists and editors take care to craft each item in this and every issue to reflect those goals.
Each person brings a unique perspective, with its own biases based on that person’s experience. In spite of our best intentions, sometimes these need to be challenged, broadened or corrected. Sometimes the dialogue that follows brings a new perspective into focus. When that happens, we all benefit.
I encourage you to take time to discern what each item in this magazine is trying to say to you about how life can be understood and lived. We need to know when something seems fake or false to you. Of course, we are always pleased to be affirmed when our material rings true for you.
Here are a few of the items in this issue that rang true for me and captured my imagination:
Bishop Sid Haugen re-tells the Christmas story with an underground parking lot as well as truckers, p. 24.
What prejudices, fears and perceived threats do I need to confront in myself? p. 31.
Our simplest Christmas traditions have the power to shape us for life, p. 9.
I discovered an approach to truth and reconciliation that has helped me to rethink the matter, p. 28.
January 2 will never seem quite the same, p. 18.