Maggi Dawn today takes us to the environment where Jesus was born … our instinct is to take anything holy and ‘protect’ them in a holy space, but:
We expect Jesus to be where it’s clean, but he is born into the mess of human life. We think of Jesus as safe and calm and serene, but he grows up to be the kind of leader who has his sleeves rolled up, ready to face reality and connect the spiritual world to the material one. We try to restrain him and keep him clean, but he breaks out of those expectations.
So I love this image from Seed Resources in which a Christmas Tree is made from a cleaning brush:
Ron Glusenkamp encourages us to think about the phrase “Don’t take it personally” in the hope that we will think about how the birth of Christ affects us as a person, and as a child of God. Give of our best, with confidence and generosity, and the rest will follow! Nice suggestion to give out gift certificates for an hour of your time…
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.