May 23, 2021 - Pentecost
Emerald Ave UMC
Tennessee Valley District
Acts 2: 3 KJV
Acts 2:3 KJV
3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
DevotionI had the opportunity a few years ago to attend an event at Emory University’s Cannon Chapel. I sat on the back row next to a man from Fiji and on the other side was a woman from Romania. The leader called for prayer and about 200 voices erupted with prayers in their native languages. Now, I could not translate a single word of the Fiji language, much less Romanian, but it was easy to understand in my faith language. What was being said were praises to God, and it sounded to me something like this:
“Christ has died,
Christ is risen,
Christ will come again.”
The sermons, lectures, and discussions about Pentecost are countless. However, at its source the Pentecost witness is praising a God whose Holy Spirit forever transforms lives…”I was lost and now I’m found, I was blind but now I see”.
Reverend Jerome Del Pino served, in what once was the Chattanooga District, in the 1970’s. He would often enter the clergy meeting asking “were 3000 converted yesterday? Oh what a day that must have been!” All would laugh and later in quiet we would admit to a little less than 3000. Then more than a few of us would say “Lord, do it again!”.
Tongues of fire and 3000 converts are great words of faith. Until God does it again, and I pray it is soon, when I read this great witness I want to finish by standing in praise singing (…in the unknown tongue of Clayton County Georgia):
“Praise God from whom all blessings flow
Praise God all creatures here below
Praise Him above ye heavenly host
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost”