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Sherratts’ Serving – August 2017

“As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for
God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?” Psalm 42v1-2

Ever since Sarah and the children left Mandritsara, I have had a stream of people asking me
(most days) how the ngoma is. This is a wonderful Malagasy word that means to miss someone
and long to see them again. To be honest the ngoma can be quite acute at times… but there’s
not much I can do about it but continue with life and work and await the moment when we are
reunited. And so I have been trying to use those moments to reflect on my longings for the Lord
God (or lack thereof). The writer of Psalm 42 certainly knew ngoma. He speaks of it in terms of
thirst: the kind of thirst that consumes a person so that they can think about little else. In the hot
season here, there are moments like that. And that kind of thirst is seriously distracting…

Sherratts’ Serving – August 2017

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