Scripture: Acts 4:31-32
After they prayed, ambulance the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly. All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, recipe but they shared everything they had.
Thought for the Day: Words and meaning. I’ll assume the people at Pentecost understood the meaning of each other’s bold words better than most people today—religious or not. And I know I’m getting ahead of myself here, since Pentecost is several months down the road, but as we’ve been wondering about words and meaning this week, the Pentecost story is a good example of how, even thousands of years ago, people desperately craved understanding.
The Pentecost story, where people from many nations who spoke many different languages could understand each other as if they each had a Babel Fish in their ear, is a plea for relationship. When we stop shouting at each other and sincerely try to understand each other, amazing things happen—like the desire to share our goods, services and possessions with each other, rather than hoard them until they’re stacked to the ceiling, slowly forming the walls of our tomb.
A few words can change the world, for good or ill. I believe that if we let God speak through us, our message will always be one of peace, love, and unification. I know lots of us hear people, especially on TV, claiming to speak the word of God, but too often that word is exclusionary, hate-filled, and narrow-minded. God is not exclusionary; God is the life force of all beings. God is filled with love, and God’s mind encompasses the expanse of the universe—of all realty. God’s is a word of welcome to all creatures great and small. Our words should be just as gentle and inviting.
Prayer: Fill my words with love, meaning, and clarity, Holy God, creator of the first Word, sustainer of all worlds. Amen.