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?” (Acts 2:7-8).
A planning team I am on meets by phone because our members come from a variety of places throughout the ELCA. We frequently start our calls by engaging in a spiritual practice known as lectio divina, or divine reading.
A member of the team reads one or two verses from Scripture followed by a time of silence. Each person dwells in God’s word to connect with what is stirred up within him or her. Then we enter a time of sharing how God touched us.
When we do this, I am continually amazed at the variety of ways God speaks directly to each individual through the same brief verses.
In Acts we read that the disciples, infused by the Spirit, began preaching in different languages. The crowd, comprised of Jews from a variety of nations, each heard God’s word addressed to them, individually. And they were amazed.
We should be amazed too. Pentecost is a reminder that God comes to us, where we are as individuals, and speaks directly to us. We are not alone. The Spirit is in our midst constantly stirring things up. Recognize and connect with the power of the Spirit in your life. What’s being stirred up in you?
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