I’m wondering if we miss the message or meaning of Pentecost. It’s not about the rushing wind and tongues of fire. It’s not about speaking in tongues. It’s not even about a sudden proficiency with foreign languages.
These miraculous happenings obscure the real significance of Pentecost:
That the Holy Spirit enabled diverse peoples to understand one another!
That it wasn’t so much about speaking as it was about listening!
O that your Spirit would come upon us, rest powerfully upon us, that we would become better listeners, that we would better understand one another...with a heightened empathy.
Then, with fresh insights and new friends, inspire us to a noble and holy cause.