Acts 2:1-4 recounts the earliest Christians’ experience of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, accompanied by dramatic effects of wind and fire and the special ability to speak in other languages.
9 When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.
10 While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them.
11 They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”
TWO SIMPLE WORDS
by Abigail Wortman, West Long Branch, New Jersey
On the first day of first grade, I stood by the front door with butterflies in my stomach. I voiced my biggest concern to my mother: “How will I make friends?” Crouching in front of me, she handed me advice I carry with me to this day: “Be Switzerland.” Be friends with everyone. Treat everyone equally and fairly. For all of my 20 years, I have lived by these words. Soon I will graduate and become a part of the real world. And on that first day, nervously facing new responsibilities, I know I will whisper two words to myself: “Be Switzerland.”
Listen carefully to this story.
Rachel and Simon are friends in grade 5. On the bus ride home after school they watched a classmate struggling to read her homework. They laughed and whispered “she should be able to read.” Do you think what they said was true…yes probably, do you think it was kind or necessary?….no
Now again listen carefully.
Rachel and Simon are friends in grade 5. On the bus ride home after school they watched a classmate struggle to read his homework. They whispered to each other “isn’t it sad that he has trouble reading”. Do you think what they said was true…yes, do you think it was kind? …yes. But was it necessary?…no.
Okay now just one more time.
Rachel and Simon are friends in grade 5. On the bus ride home after school they watched a classmate struggle to read his homework. They put their heads together and said “he’s having trouble reading, let’s help him”.
Today I want you to remember to ask God to help you to always speak the truth and to consider…is it true…is it kind….is it necessary.
Jesus is the way, the truth, the life…. AND DON’T FORGET TO PRAY.