iConnect Movies! – The Shack by Kay

And so it was that on Friday, Gerald Sidery and I kicked-off the pioneering iConnect Movies! event, and went to watch The Shack at Cineworld IMAX, at Broughton Retail Park. We grabbed us some hot coffees from Starbucks and made our way to the highest seats in the theater where Gerald made sure I had the seat with extra leg room. If you know Gerald, you can be sure that we had lots and lots of laughs! He is just so unbelievably warm and such fun to be around.

The movie itself marked a major milestone in my Christian walk and showed me God’s love in a new and enlightening way. I’d never seen it from the perspective presented in The Shack. The portrayal of a model of the relationship between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit (and then with us) was really something. It was so unbelievable and yet so believable. It made me more eager to enter into a deeper relationship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and uplifted my spirit in a very unique way.

The movie has its share of tragedy and kaliedoscope of feelings towards and against God but through it all, the love of God is unmistakable, unfathomable, and undeniable. What a movie!

After a few hastily wiped-away tears from myself (Gerald was like Mount Zion which cannot be removed but abideth forever), we zipped over to Frankie and Bennys where we shared life’s experiences over hot plates of Chicken and Prawn Alfredo, a true Italian classic with cajun-spiced chicken, prawns and mushrooms tossed with penne pasta and cheese sauce, topped with rocket. Of course, Gerald cleaned his plate long before I was even half-way through! Okay I confess, we finished almost at the same time but he finished first.

It was an inspirational end to a great outing and we both left feeling encouraged, refreshed and renewed. Proverbs 27:17 New King James Version says ‘As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.‘ That’s exactly what happened at the pioneer iConnect Movies! last night. I very much look forward to the next one and you’re very welcome to join us if you want to. Just get ready because it can come at 30 minutes’ notice if Gerald’s notice to me yesterday is anything to go by. On the other hand, you can take family or a few friends and go and watch The Shack. I recommend it and at the end, the choice is yours to believe what you will.

Kay writes from Northgate Church in Chester.

Based on the New York Times best-selling novel, The Shack takes us on a father’s uplifting spiritual journey. After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips [Sam Worthington] spirals into a deep depression causing him to question his innermost beliefs. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Despite his doubts, Mack journeys to the shack and encounters an enigmatic trio of strangers led by a woman named Papa [Octavia Spencer]. Through this meeting, Mack finds important truths that will transform his understanding of his tragedy and change his life forever.

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