Note: This week’s New Every Morning reflections are structured differently to follow the format of our featured title, Pauses for Pentecost, which contains 50 days of reflections based on a scripture theme and followed by a daily practice.
I long to be able to communicate the availability of Jesus’ love, grace, and mercy in the tongues of those around me: in the tongues of teenagers and pensioners and all those in-between, in the tongues of the beaten and the broken and the battered, in the tongues of the rich and the famous and the privileged, in the tongues of the overemployed and the unemployed and the underemployed, in the tongues of the lonely and the rejected and the ostracized, and in the tongues of the sick and the bereaved and the dying. The opportunity to share Christ is endless. If this is your longing too, join me today in asking for a greater measure of the gift of the Holy Spirit, who alone can bring about the miracle of communication.
—Trevor Hudson, Pauses for Pentecost: 50 Words for Easter People (Upper Room Books, 2018)
Consecrate your tongue to God today. Ask that your tongue may be baptized with the Holy Spirit so that it may be conformed to Christ and converted to his ministry of loving words.
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All of [the apostles] were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
—Acts 2:4 (NIV)
Prayer for the Week
Turn my life into a deep reservoir from which life-giving streams begin to flow toward others around me.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
Day of Pentecost
- Acts 2:1-21 or Ezekiel 37:1-14
- Psalm 104:24-34, 35b
- Romans 8:22-27 or Acts 2:1-21
- John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15
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