Welcome and Healing—Listening

Amy Curran

Read: Acts 2:1-4

All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. (v. 4 NIV)

One of my neighbors has a particular way of speaking. He often responds to a question or a statement with a phrase that seemingly has no connection whatsoever. It’s as if there’s a completely different conversation happening in his head. In fact, there is. This friend loves movies and has all of his favorites memorized. When creating his own sentences is too difficult, he uses his storehouse of quotes to speak his thoughts and feelings. Communicating with this friend of mine can feel like learning a new language. It’s hard work, and I often left conversations feeling confused. Eventually, however, I began to understand what he was trying to express. Slowly, I learned how to speak his “language.”

Language is powerful. Through our words, we come to understand one another. Our words allow us to share deep truths. On the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit allowed the apostles and the rest of the believers to speak in many different languages so every visitor in the city for the feast could understand the truth of Jesus’ resurrection. In order to know the deep love of Christ, each person had to hear the gospel in his or her own language. Life with my friend taught me that sometimes the act of speaking another’s language is a way of expressing the deep love of Christ, even when you share a mother tongue within the same community. —Amy Curran

Prayer: Holy Spirit, give us the power to understand one another.