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#AdventBookClub: Day 18: Seeking Silence and Eternity

Was exhausted last night so here’s yesterdays…

I love the way that these two reflections work together:

Poor old Zechariah. A perfectly understandable wobble in the face of apparently ridiculous news and he’s struck dumb for questioning. This is, as Maggi points out, apparently quite unfair since plenty of others have encountered God and demanded proof. Sara

Not surprisingly, when he is told, Zechariah is incredulous – he can’t believe it.  He wants to know how it can happen – a perfectly reasonable question.  He knows it is humanly impossible.  Zechariah wanted some proof, some tangible evidence – I guess he got it in losing his voice!  Perhaps to hear, he needed to be silent? Pam

And Maggi notes that that silence is symbolic and deeply meaningful – not a punishment, but a response to the sign that Zechariah asked for.

Today’s instruction from Ron Glusenkamp calls for us to reshape something that appears ‘useless’ into something of value – reminds me of my friend Christina who’s very good at this:

Take a card, note or picture that you have and reuse it by sending it to someone in need of restoration.

And today @briandraper says there’s a value in those selfies…

[Jesus] can see perfectly what the poet and priest John O’Dononue managed, at least, to glimpse: that ‘behind every face, there is something eternal going on’.

Amen – and glad he can, as I think I just look shattered:

bex-selfie

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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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