#AdventBookClub 2013: Day 1 (Time-Shifting)

So, as the first of December comes to a close, once again I’m pulling together my thoughts from #adventbookclub… and thanks so much to @maggidawn for putting the first day’s material online – now I just need to see if I can pop into the office tomorrow to pick up the full book which I took off the shelf, and left on the desk…


On reading today’s material, however, it appears that no need to rush for a deadline – although I’d like to be joining in alongside Pam et al for that sense of ‘community engagement’ 🙂

As we look at Psalm 27 here’s a few phrases that jumped out at me:

“Certainly Christmas can sometimes feel less like a feast to be celebrated and more like a deadline to be reached.”

“All too often we have this dislocated feeling of being out of time, out of step, and Christmas is a particularly difficult season to negotiate if you don’t feel like celebrating. It’s not only the Church but the whole culture that feeds us an exaggerated image of happiness and celebration, which sets us up to feel very low if we are not in the party mood. Most of our life is lived in this in-between place, where things come early or late, but never on time.”

“God’s gifts do not always come according to our timetable or at the moment when we think we need them”

” I hope I do become the kind of person who remembers to send gifts that someone will love, instead of gifts to satisfy a deadline.”

Having moved up north, and got used to being more prepared (it saves a fortune in travel!), I do know that I’m going to my parents for Christmas (many recent years I’ve been abroad for Christmas), and it will be quiet – a chance to think about things! I’m using the rest of the semester (aka til end Jan) to try and get back on top of things – and making good progress… tonight I have pretty much done my Christmas presents – fortunately we focus more on thoughts than costs – and maybe next year I’ll be back to spotting things throughout the year … maybe I should take a leaf out of Auntie Margaret’s book and just send them when seen!!

A thought prompted by this TV advert – let’s hope that we aren’t like all these guys with smartphones – you know me – I love a smartphone … but also – let’s experience presence:

As the heart/brain seek to prepare for Christmas through a time of Advent, at work I’m deeply into preparing a Lent course – so that sense of fragmented time is definitely there – but the joy of engaging with material online is that we can each do it at our own pace – many of my #adventbookclub friends are probably asleep… and I need to go shortly, but these are great thoughts to go to bed with!

If you like a picture option, try out Photo a Day on Facebook and cartoons from @davewalker.

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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.

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