Here’s Geoff’s excellent article for the local newspaper thought for the week…
Wherever we go nowadays we frequently hear one expression above all others. It is heard on the streets, in shops, in the school playground, on radio and on TV; I refer to “O My God” or “OMG”.

It is an expression that is often passed on through families and may be used as a spoken badge of identity among peers. It is sometimes used as an expression of shock or surprise or just part of normal speech and with the explosion of electronic communication, this acronym is frequently used in text speak and by room chatters.

The present widespread use is of course far removed from the original context that is found in the Old Testament of the Bible, when it was used as a personal address to God. These or similar words are widely used by millions of Christians around the world today who have a relationship with God and are
expressed in personal prayer or praise.

The words are often used by anyone who needs to call on God for help, whatever their situation. There is a verse in the bible that says “God is our refuge and strength, a very present and reliable help in times of trouble”. Many people have found that God will always hear a simple prayer from those who
genuinely ask for His help.

If you need to know more about how God can help you, then pop along to a local Christian church, where you will find someone willing to listen and show you how God can give you the love and help that you may need.
Geoff Duncombe
The Gateway Church, King’s Lynn

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