I’m finding this week’s poems really powerful. As we talk about e.g. ‘Facebook depression’ for seeing only the best of other people’s lives (but also balance that against the wisdom of what is helpful to share).. at difficult times, these are great lines to hold onto (a bit of colour, in what can feel rather black and white):
With you the darkness is always the herald of dawn.
With you true hope is always new.
With you there is always blessing.
#Do1NiceThing: Email / write to your MP and say thank you for representing you and that you are praying for them // Great idea … adds to to do list!
Drawing on Matthew 14:22-33, we look at the same story as yesterday (Jesus walking on water), but from a different perspective. I found myself thinking ‘yes, yes, yes’ as I was reading Maggi’s words about the importance of telling the same story from different perspectives – each bringing out different nuances, but each contributing to a sense of the whole.
Loving the description of a ‘leap of faith’ – not a complete jump into the unknown, but bridging the gaps between logic – not irrational, but not knowing all for certain before taking an action.
There’s also an interesting insight into how we may read the scriptures from an individualistic perspective, because that’s the way our world works … but although Peter took a leap of faith, Jesus brought all of the disciples to safety, and there was no rebuke to them for not ‘getting out of the boat’. Let’s see how we can all join experiences as a group… but not necessarily all having the same experience!
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.