As I write this article we are entering the season of Pentecost. Technically, “Pentecost” is 50 days from Easter Sunday including Easter itself. Theologically, this marks When the Holy Spirit came upon the apostles and the other believers. You have probably heard of people “speaking in tongues,” and you may even know someone who has that gift. The primary purpose originally was that there were people from all over who spoke a variety of languages. So, when the disciples began to speak it was the language of the Holy Spirit and everyone in the crowd heard them in their own language.
In the church we celebrate Pentecost on one Sunday. This year it is June 4. In reality, Pentecost is every day. That’s because it is the language of God through the Holy Spirit. What difference does that mean for us living in Nebraska? It makes a big difference because no longer do we speak the language of the world which is filled with hatred, violence, poverty, corruption and more. But the language of God is simply when we share the love of God to a hurting world. It’s when we speak the language of caring, compassion humility. This is a universal language that can only be spoken by people with the heart of God for others. When you see someone hungry, hurting, sad, angry, etc. the language of God can restore hope to them. And “hope does not disappoint us.” None of us are perfect by any imagination. Yet, we can still speak peace to those who do not know it. We can speak the language of God to persons of different cultures and nationalities. And when we do “they may all be one as Jesus and the Father are one.” John 17:21