FOR PENTECOST THIS WEEKEND:
FROM ACTS CHAPTER 2: 14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: "Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. 15 These men are not drunk, as you suppose. It's only nine in the morning! 16 No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:17 " 'In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. 18 Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. 19 I will show wonders in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke. 20 The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord. 21 And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.'
(My personal favorite in this passage is how Peter insists the men cannot be drunk because it's only 9:00 a.m.)
Anyway, it's Pentecost and my very first Friday Five! Thinking about all the gifts of the spirit and what Peter said of the "last days"......
Have you or anyone you know
1. ...ever experienced a prophesy (vision or dream) that came true?
When I was in 3rd grade in a new school, I dreamed my glasses would break on the first day, and they did. I have had a couple of dreams like that but never since high school or so. Just as well, because I have a recurring dream about tornadoes that I've had for most of my life. Would prefer that one not come true.
2. ...dreamed of a stranger, then actually met them later?
3. ...seen a wonder in heaven? (including UFO's)
The Perseid meteor shower from a rooftop in Mexico--beautiful, and so clear. No light pollution where we were. And Halley's comet.
4. ...seen a "sign" on the earth?
I'm fond of this one:
5. ...experienced knowledge of another language without ever having studied it?
No, but learning Spanish for me was almost like remembering it. It seemed to come pretty naturally. One of my regrets is that I'm no longer fluent.
Bonus Question: What would a modern day news coverage of the first Pentecost have sounded like?
Multilingual, of course!