After a difficult weekend, been great to go straight to Seed Resources and find image for #lentphotos which is a place of rest… I do like sitting on a bench (usually to people watch):
John 8:47 is clearly drawn out in today’s extract from The Magician’s Nephew …
… he has made himself unable to hear my voice. If I spoke to him, he would hear only growlings and roarings. Oh, Adam’s son, how cleverly you defend yourself against all that might do you good!”
It’s so easy for us to set up barriers to being able to hear God, there’s so much noise in the world, bad news, too much work, exhaustion … and I liked the comment Phillip has just put on Facebook that yesterday’s #notbusy is one of the biggest barriers to being able to connect with God … we’re too busy to stop and listen!
I’ve always loved the idea that we can use newspapers as the basis of our prayers, and today @AndrewGraystone recommends that we look out for our local newspapers – few of us know our local communities enough … so before we head for the recycling bin, see what’s going on in your local area, and take time to pray for it.
Brian Draper: Lent 40
Again tying in with #notbusy and today’s #lentphotos – and a regular theme from Brian to take the time to take time out, and to be “fully here” with whatever you are engaged with… imagine receiving a gift:
Now, in some quiet moments, try to be the child. You might start, however, by clenching your fists tightly. Slowly open them, in the spirit of anticipation and appreciation. And as you wait, let your heart be open to receiving, as much as your hands.
Coming back to #BigRead13 – are we ready and waiting to receive the biggest gift from God? Are we “here” and listening for it?
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.