We no longer merely post pictures. We filter them. One of my favorite filters is the “tilt shift.” Whether linear or radial, you can bring into focus the primary object of your image without an expensive camera lens. The background, although not totally lost, is blurred in order to draw your attention to what is the most important subject of the digital shot.
In a sense, Advent places a tilt shift on our life and the world around us. The four-week pilgrimage becomes a radial focus that draws the story of Jesus to the forefront of our imaginations. In the midst of the “fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world” (Luke 21:26), Advent dares us to filter our angst through the lens of the gospel and trust, along with those of ages past, just maybe God is with us still.
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