I enjoyed capturing today’s poem via Skype with Maggi Dawn, and we had a good long chat around it too! Deeply encouraging:
Give us, we pray, our daily rest,
that we might live tomorrow better than today.
But teach us, first, to say that while not perfect,
this day was, in the end, okay.
As someone who is driven to achieve (surely God gave me that as a gift, right?), I often reach the end of the day feeling I haven’t done enough, but learning to try and focus on what I have done, and recognising that sleep, friends, etc. are just as important – in fact taking time out can then be labelled an achievement!
I love this from Pam’s blog the other day:
May my life
only from you,
the faithful one,
for I need your strength
to live your ways,
of my life.
#Do1GoodThing: Buy Fairtrade where you can today // We had a challenge in Winchester once to buy Fairtrade at least once a week. As a non-tea/coffee drinker that was a challenge (and it was before there were so many Fairtrade options) – in the end I saved up pennies each week and bought a rug – which I still step onto first thing every morning .. so like ‘Coffee Break’, I can be reminded of those who make it…
Drawing on Exodus 32:1-14, Maggi talks about how mountain-tops often epitomise an ‘epiphany’ – as it’s where God most often reveals himself – I just wrote on a questionnaire the other week that the place I feel most spiritually connected is the mountaintops.
The piece today really helps us in thinking about how we continue to keep our eyes on the mountaintops (the place of revelation), when everything seems dull and drudging. We live in an instant culture, and it can be hard to wait without knowing where we are going. In these times it takes courage and patience to resist going back to what we know has worked in the past, rather than trusting in what is coming.
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.