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Our God is more than enough

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ONE of the foundation texts of The Well is that wonderful verse, Philippians 4: 19, that God will meet all our needs.

It was very much part of my thoughts for last week’s Quiet Days on the theme of El Shaddai – our God is more than enough.

We also went back to Genesis 17 where God first revealed himself as El Shaddai and if you put those words together it means the almighty, all-sufficient God who nurtures, protects and provides.

This proved tremendously encouraging as we held the days at a time when we are preparing for the busy weeks of Christmas.

What also had an impact was when we looked at another translation of just the word Shaddai, which means the strong, double-breasted one.

This was the first time I had explored the motherly, comforting, sheltering side of God, yet there are many references in the Bible to it.

In 1 Peter 2: 2 we read, ‘Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk’. In terms of comfort we read in Isaiah 66: 13, ‘as a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you;’ and for shelter, Luke 13: 34, ‘… how often have I longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings’.

I talked about how sometimes our own experiences of our mothers mean we can’t tap into this side of God but it’s lovely that we are offered such reassurance in Psalm 27: 10, ‘Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me’.

If you have read The Shack you may also recall the striking way in which God appears to Mackenzie.

I spoke to many of our Guests and it clearly had an impact on many people and will be part of our ongoing prayer ministry.

As we head closer towards our Christmas break we have two more weeks of our regular Pump Rooms appointments, which are open to all and we have plenty of people on the prayer teams, so do call the office and book in!

Another event coming up is a lovely one we do here in the office where we invite our neighbours who work in the other offices in the building to lunchtime carols and nibbles and a little mulled wine.

We’re all very busy the rest of the time with our different activities but it’s good to take the opportunity once a year to all get together!

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