Today’s poem gives a real sense of ‘struggle’, seeking to find ‘meaning’, but getting caught up and tangled in what we are already caught up in:
Disentangle me, Lord.
Unpick my inner knot.
Unravel my complexity.
Unweave my deepest confusion.
Untwist the channels of spirit within.
I’m not one that talks about ‘visions’ much, but when I was doing life-coaching training, I described the thoughts in my head as a huge number of multicoloured strands – very bright and beautiful, but entirely tangled one around the other, so it was difficult to discern a path forward…
With John 12:1-8 … the story of Mary pouring ultra-expensive perfume (nard) on Jesus’ feet, a perfume associated with grief/pain/death – anointing Jesus before his death and burial. Jesus didn’t stop Mary, but allowed her to carry out this once in a lifetime act (it was essentially her life savings). Tonight, Celia talked in the Big Top at #SH2014 re the need to see how other’s value the small things that you give them, often before you give the bigger things – not in an anti-generous way, but recognising that we each only have so much to give, and it’s good stewardship to ensure that our energies/skills will be given to those who will value and honour it.
There’s a reminder from Maggi that often when we are overworked, we try and work a little harder, but actually we sometimes need to get away from it all (either for a nap, as I did this afternoon), or to hang out with those who have known us for a long-time, and with whom we can simply relax and recharge, going forward with creativity…
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) 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.