Small Gifts, Big Consequences: (from The Road to Daybreak)
The world like things to be large, big, impressive, and elaborate. God chooses the small things which are overlooked in the big world.
Nouwen uses the story of the loaves and the finishes to demonstrate that ‘what little we give away multiplies’.
This is the way of God. The little love we have, the little knowledge we have, the little advice we have, the little possessions we have, are given to us as gifts of God to be given away. The more we give them away, the more discover how much there is to give away.
This is what we seek to do in bringing together a range of voices in Big Bible – the more we each contribute our small mite, the more the possibilities for conversation open up.
Feeding the Multitudes: John 6:8-11
Gave thanks, distributed – as much as they wanted.
Prayer: We talk in #Bigread13 (and previous years) about feasting on the Bible over Lent – pray that we have the hunger for that feast, rather than physical food!
Christmas Action: Give loving attention to the small actions of others – good will, kind words & friendship – and reciprocate. So many opportunities for this online … but in all aspects of life!
Let me go & see Pam’s – with one more day of this book!
Dr Bex Lewis is passionate about helping people engage with the digital world in a positive way, where she has more than 20 years’ experience. She is Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University and Visiting Research Fellow at St John’s College, Durham University, with a particular interest in digital culture, persuasion and attitudinal change, especially how this affects the third sector, including faith organisations, and, after her breast cancer diagnosis in 2017, has started to research social media and cancer. Trained as a mass communications historian, she has written the original history of the poster Keep Calm and Carry On: The Truth Behind the Poster (Imperial War Museum, 2017), drawing upon her PhD research. She is Director of social media consultancy Digital Fingerprint, and author of Raising Children in a Digital Age: Enjoying the Best, Avoiding the Worst (Lion Hudson, 2014; second edition in process) as well as a number of book chapters, and regularly judges digital awards. She has a strong media presence, with her expertise featured in a wide range of publications and programmes, including national, international and specialist TV, radio and press, and can be found all over social media, typically as @drbexl.