The word for today is “hope”- and this one tickled me – if you’re like me, surrounded still by several days of freezing snow, but noticing the flowers trying to come out (and hoping they won’t be killed off):
We’ve been feeling rather Narnian over the past week – ‘Always Winter, Never Christmas’:
But when Father Christmas does appear:
“I’ve come at last,” said he. “She has kept me out for a long time, but I have got in at last. Aslan is on the move. The witch’s magic is weakening.”
I have a real love for colour – I was thinking about setting up a coaching business re ‘colourful lives’ at some point (polymaths – we have lots of ideas) … and I collect a few particularly beautiful images on Pinterest. At various times in my own coaching/discussions (and kinda now) … I talk about my head being like mixed up balls of wool – which need to take time to detangle – but these are always bright colours, and not miserable… so I have much going on in my life – enjoying most of it, but often so tired not enjoying in a more healthy way… God came to give us life to the full – not to be miserable… here’s some verses identified on that topic (and always interesting to see what topics Google throws up – there’s a CBT course for those who are depressed to ‘live life to the full’)
Today’s passage in #BigRead13 – if we spend too much time worrying rules/must haves, etc. we are not living life to the full, we are living a dull, shadowed life (C.S.Lewis referred to this world as the shadowlands, as it is but a shadow of the world to come) – blinded to the possibilities:
English Standard Version (©2001)
In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. (2 Cor 4:4)
One of my favourite kind of posts about prayer – take the time, part of real conversation with your group/your God – developed out of natural relationships – the Mums in Ruth’s group had seen her struggling with kids in the supermarket, etc. – they knew her conversation about what it’s like to be as a Mum was real, so were more open to understanding that her thoughts about prayer were ‘real’. Amen!
Today, Brian uses a narrative from a novel to give an idea of what hunger in a desert would feel like… and encourages us to think about fasting for a day/a meal before Easter, to think about the time that we’re going into – and in particular to pray for those who are unable to eat as they have no food… or for those who have eating disorders. To take time to rethink where we’re going on this journey of life… what do we want to take away from Lent?
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.