"All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them the ability." (Acts 2:4)
Have you thought about how many languages you speak? How many you actually use? Are there some you want to learn - or maybe remember better? I can speak American pretty fluently, English some and a very small amount of Spanish. I speak even less of the Tex/Mex version of Spanish. (My Spanish teacher, back in the dark ages of school, taught Spain Spanish - kind of like the "King's English.") I can also speak needlework, reading (some), gardening (a little) and some cooking. While you are thinking of all the languages think of all the ways you use the languages.
This reading, in Acts, and the Gospel reading - John 14 - is about the fulfillment of God's promise through Jesus Christ. Jesus is telling the Disciples, and us, how God will send an Advocate. The Disciples have followed directions, they are waiting in Jerusalem, for this Advocate, Counselor, Helper Jesus has promised. Now what sounds like a "violent wind" has filled "the whole house." (v. 2) It is so loud people outside hear it (v. 6) and come to investigate. Please notice the Disciples are speaking so "each of us hears in our native language." (v. 8) The Disciples are speaking languages, so people will understand what they are saying, "as the Spirit gave them ability." (v. 4) Using the gifts God has given to share the Love God is giving.
So....... what languages do you speak? How could you use the languages you do speak to share what God is asking you to share? As Caregivers one language we speak is "loving care" - can we help others to understand God's loving care? Something to think about........
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