#AdventBookClub: Day 10: Carrying the Vision

Durham Lumiere 2013, CC Bex Lewis
Durham Lumiere 2013, CC Bex Lewis

Interesting thoughts from Ron Glusenkamp – that Advent can be a season for spiritual U-turns, as we stop running away and head towards God… as we crash and burn without God… after some of the conversations that were inevitable whilst in Winchester (are you coming back? being the most frequent one) I still feel that I’m where God wants me to be, though it’s not always easy!

Maggi Dawn’s Beginnings and Endings also deals with a journey – a nomadic journey without any clear ending. For Isaac and his people “Their job was to pick up the vision, carry it on and then hand it over to the next generation.” Something which we may have to accept in a culture which threatens to subsume us.

Isaac might be able to teach us something here. He didn’t pick a fight with the surrounding culture, but neither did he allow it to subsume him. He continued to dig in all the places his father had taught him until he found a place that he could peacefully occupy, a place that his hostile neighbours did not steal from him.

Following on from yesterday, we get the sense of building upon the strong lessons from the past, rather than a feeling that we need to start from scratch (and I definitely feel that with the digital spaces) as we hold onto God’s promises. I also really like the idea that there is room in the world for those who have different points of view – and that we can disagree without becoming combative (oh, if only we could see more of this online!)

There’s a great challenge from @briandraper today – to stop trying to capture everything that is around us (through a camera) lens and just BE a part of something! That was certainly something that several of the exhibits at Lumber encouraged recently – especially within the Cathedral with “fireflies” – one just had to sit in a pew and be there!

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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.

3 replies on “#AdventBookClub: Day 10: Carrying the Vision”

Enjoyed this from Pam: This is one element of journeying that is hard. You arrive ready, in fact needing, to make new friends and to find a place to fit in. But in the place you come to, people already have friends, the jobs are all taken. It can be hard to slip in and find your place.

But new people bring something valuable. New perspective, new skills, fresh ideas. That can be frightening to those who are already there. Will I not be needed any more? But in God’s ways there is “lots of room”.

From Claire – The reading set me thinking along slightly differently lines, about water, about finding refreshment in places that seem arid, about returning to ways that have been helpful in the past (even though we discarded them for a while). – which reminded me of – – returning to the source physically or mentally – but whatever – INTENTIONALLY!

I think there is an air of desperation in contemporary capitalism. The messages are being screamed louder and louder. That image of hostile neighbours stealing what is ours seems to fit this. Isaac’s refusal to give in but to keep on digging wells is very powerful and a call to us not to join in the desparation by fighting back but to keep on travelling and to keep on digging.

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