September 9, 2013

The Gift of Languages

Yesterday's ministry celebration service began with a time of prayer...where eight different members of our congregation led us in prayer in eight different languages. What a powerful way to begin our worship together. In case you missed the service, download the audio here.

Somehow this portion of the service really ministered to me. Perhaps it was because I had no responsibility in planning that part. Perhaps it was because I very recently read Genesis 11 and the story of the Tower of Babel. Or perhaps it was because I love languages and wish I knew more of them. Though I'm sure all of these facts influenced my heart yesterday morning, it was the scripture passage from Revelation 7 that set the scene and made we realize anew what heaven might be like.

After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: "Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb." 

I loved hearing the different languages, both those that I understood and those that I didn't understand. I hope that no matter what language we prefer, a call to worship like this one helps us look beyond ourselves and realize what we share as members of God's kingdom. I dream of the day when we are able to do this with ten languages, twelve languages, or more. How about you?

I would love to hear your thoughts on how this prayer time impacted you. How did it help you worship God? What did you learn?

Leonard Klassen

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