The International Language

Steven Laman

READ : Acts 2:1-21

Before I learned to read, my speech therapist taught me a way of communicating called Bliss Symbolics. The Bliss system was made up of different symbols that stood for words. It was easy for me to learn what the symbols meant because the drawings related to the meaning of the word. I pointed to the symbols, and the person to whom I was talking read the word under the symbol. The author of the Bliss Symbolics hoped that one day it would be used as an international language so people of the world could understand and communicate with one another. His dream, however, was never realized.

God has a language which all peoples everywhere can understand: His love. On the day of Pentecost, people of many different nationalities and languages were gathered in Jerusalem. The believers spoke to them about Jesus and His death, resurrection and love for them. Every one of them understood the gospel message because the Spirit enabled the believers to speak in the different languages of the people.

There is no international language, but there is a message that everyone can understand. That message is that God so loved the world that He sent His only Son to be our Savior. The Spirit will enable us to share this wonderful message of love everywhere we go.


Thank You, Father, for the international language of Your love. In Your Son’s name. Amen.