#AdventBookClub: Day 4: ‘Flashback’

Another fabulously captured thought from @davewalker
Another fabulously captured thought from @davewalker

Back in day 2 – I love the idea of the different voices each having a part of the story to tell – but each complete in its own right. And religion is not a soft option for those who can’t cope with science – we need more than science alone – hence the need for the arts & humanities.

Back in day 3 – Luke’s passion for storytelling, but in a historical ‘orderly’ way – I’m a historian by training, who now seeks to bring that love of story-telling to blogging, etc.

So, onto “today” (well, last night) – and Maggi is dealing with one of those more difficult texts – the genealogy – but this demonstrates that

… the story of Jesus’ incarnation is more than merely a rescue plan for a world gone wrong. In Christian doctrine, salvation is something much more than just fixing or repairing a broken thing. The Latin word salus also suggests the idea of wholeness, healing and completeness. Salvation carries no sense of disappointment, of a second-best option. In fact, it’s about bringing something to fruition.”

If I then look to Brian Draper’s e-mail, there’s an encouragement to continue to slow down … pick somewhere busy that you usually rush through, and walk ‘mindfully’, paying attention to what you notice. I decided to go and look at Google to see what came up when I put in ‘mindfulness’:

Mindfulness is a mind-body approach to well-being that can help you change the way you think about experiences and reduce stress and anxiety.

The other book that I picked up from my desk is Ron Glusenkamp’s Elements of Advent, which is linked to a daily piece of music – which may help one sit still and be mindful! Reading back over the last few days of material, there’s a call to be awake/aware and ready – aware for advent; a focus on the promises made to us and that we make to others; an activity in which we make cookies/biscuits – to remind ourselves that God moulded us in his image; and today – a call to seek to comfort others as we are buffeted by daily life.

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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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