#BIGRead14: Loneliness


Wordnik has some interesting definitions for “lonely“. I think it’s in crowds that I feel the loneliest … but probably never so lonely as Jesus felt on the cross, offered wine/gall.

The above picture I chose – although more attuned to human feelings than those of animals, as there is such a sense of abandonment and loneliness … and it’s interesting to see what Google images brings up:

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Largely stark, colourless, faceless images … with a sense of empty space around…

#Do1NiceThingCommit to collect used stamps for The Leprosy Mission // now I have a few stamps in an envelope somewhere – though of course we don’t get as many these days.

Maggi Dawn

Luke 15: 11-32 – the story of the prodigal son. Maggi has really cast this in a new light for me today, suggesting that the son had learnt his wasteful ways from his Father … but that God has similarly “wasteful” generosity to show to us.

The older brother was the one who then was Pharisaical, glowering in the corner, feeling left out from the celebrations as he glowered at the others enjoying themselves… seeking to control everything.

No matter how perfectly we keep our religion, it’s our heart that places us inside or outside God’s presence.

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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.

One reply on “#BIGRead14: Loneliness”

I think that the quote from Maggi about how we keep our religion echoes some of the stuff I said on the fb site. Nobody unless they are clergy wearing a dog collar, wears their faith openly – Do they? Normally you’d not know that someone was a Christian unless they actually tell you or by their words or actions show you.

I used to wear a cross outside my shirt to mark me out as a Christian, but came in for criticism that I was being too showy? I retreated to wearing it concealed inside my shirt. If I’m knocked down, hopefully the evidence of that found by medics will at least bring a Priest alongside if I can’t ask for one myself.

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