#AdventBookClub: Day 3: Joining the Story

So, here we are, Tuesday night, and tomorrow I shall finally remember to pick up Maggi’s book from my desk – so meantime I’ve picked a couple of phrases I’ve seen from others in #adventbookclub:

Pam: “Luke is telling us a story, a true account, not so that we can be interested or entertained, but so that we can engage with Jesus, God Among Us, and do something about it.  This is not a story to be heard dispassionately, but entered in to and responded to.”

Claire: Reading Luke’s Gospel… “that if he were around today, Luke would be a great user of social media. …we each read, we each bring our own experience, and we share a little of what we learn.”

Richard: “Maggi reminds of this – far more eloquently than I can – and that this intensely human story is exactly the sort of ‘human interest’ story that sells newspapers and magazines.”

… and this video that’s been echoing in my head all day!

And don’t forget the wonders of Dave Walker’s advent cartoons!

Meanwhile, Brian Draper calls for us to focus upon the mundane … that Jesus was not all about the ‘grand achievement’, but the way he got to it:

“Can you imagine Jesus the frustrated carpenter, planing a piece of wood clumsily, hurriedly, while muttering under his breath, “This – is – not – what – I – was – put – on – Earth – to – do …”?- ”

Nope – so neither should we!

Meeting the Ogongorans #TFBloggers

So, looking at the community that we’ll spend most time with:

The Ugandan village of Ogongora is a perfect example of what happens when a church is mobilised to care for the the physical and spiritual needs of those around it. In 2003 the community fled the village – as the rebels advanced. In 2005, after two years in camps, the residents returned. With they had nothing. Houses were burnt and destroyed. Crops, cattle and all livestock gone. All appeared lost.

What was left – by the grace of God – was hope, and the raw potential in the people to improve their own lives.

It sounds like Pastor Joseph will be one of the key people we’ll meet:

and look out for the stories of others: Grace, Elizabeth, Richard and Moses… and who will we meet during our time there? Apparently the second language in the country is English (although we’ll have a translator) so it’ll be great to hear stories of lives transformed directly from the people – and it will be interesting to see whether it will be relentlessly upbeat, or what challenges have been faced – even if not yet overcome…