Preparing for Pentecost

 

Pente worship

 

Even more miraculous

than understanding someone

speaking

another language

you do not know

 

is understanding

someone

with whom you disagree.

 

those gathered     at Pentecost

from many lands spoke as one;

understanding,

as in their own language

the words of strangers, rivals, old enemies…

 

They were not filled with wine

merely imagining this.

 

Ears were truly opened; hearts and minds, too.

 

Amazing, too, was, diverse as they were,

they acted in harmony,

sharing the Word with the World,

 

renewed with purpose, vision, and a knack

for hearing through the babble of differences

for the love of God.

 

There is still some of that Spirit left for us to share…

It comes through Jesus, who comes to us…

 

Acts 21 (selected verses)

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.

Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability…

   Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? …

   All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.”

But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, … this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel: ‘In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.”

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