Samuel and Eli
Names are funny things – although perhaps it’s that people are funny about names! Often, when I visit people in hospital I have difficulty finding the patients – they are in hospital under a different name from the one I know them by. You’d be surprised how many people use their middle name in everyday life, but on all official records are known by their first name. And then some folk like to be called by a name they have chosen for themselves or by a nickname. I wonder how many of you here are known by a different name than the first name on your birth certificate.
Names are very personal and the closer you are to a person the more free you can be with their name – changing it perhaps to some shortened or diminutive form.
What about our relationship with God then? If…
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