#BIGRead14: The Lost

Image source: The Worship Cloud
Image source: The Worship Cloud


Stephen deals with a number of different types of ‘lost’ (and Wordnik gives some suggestions), and some brought to mind the idea of the lost/found sheep, etc. This one struck me (and triggered the image, which although the man looks peaceful/happy, the black and white together with the image give a sense of someone who is a little lost…):

So many of the lost are elderly,
unable to remain on good­-enough terms with the people
who populate
their past and shuffle in the corridors of their minds:
straining to see and hear and to accept
the pace of change
that outstrips personal and private decay;
driven by need from homeland and unable to cope
in premature demise;
racked in pain and ailment,
rendered miserable and shunned;
experiencing diminishment of body and
loss of mind, feeling memories slip through
frail and wrinkled fingers.

I think I sometimes fear the ‘loss’ that will come with old age, but have been learning that things don’t have to be all or nothing! And I’m looking forward to wearing a purple hat!

#Do1NiceThingE-Mail your local councillors and say thank you for what they do and offer to pray for them // wonder if this will get the same reaction as MPs!

Maggi Dawn

Today, just a thought about the power of processing something for ourselves – after Jesus asks ‘who do you think I am?’ – not for personal ratification, but to help them understand who he was, and help others see for themselves (a discovery learning approach?!) …. especially as today I have been thinking about ‘who am I?’ in conversation with others – and whether there’s one “Bex” or whether there’s no such thing to find, and in fact life is an adventure of discovery…

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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: The Lost”

I think that trying to define ‘who am I’ is an endless game, as we change from day to day. Our main bits tend towards being fairly static unless a great emergency arises, but the little bits, the corners of our mind, our ideas, how we react to others can be mood or scene or location dependent. I know who I am, but sometimes catch myself going down unknown pathways, seeking God in different ways, that’s where things change and loss can be reclaimed.

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