Pentecost; United by the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1 - 12)

Hikari Kokai, NCCJ Vice Moderator

The most challenging thing about our relationship is communication. While the Internet environment has developed and communication can be done broader and faster, on the other hand, there is a reality that friction occurs and the relationship breaks, creating thicker walls between us.

"When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven, there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability." Those who saw it were surprised saying, "How is it that we hear them telling us the great work of God in our languages."

The Holy Spirit gives the recovery and power of communication to us who have been divided by differences of culture, language, customs/traditions, religion, and race. That means not only to be able to speak but also to be able to listen and understand. Because even if we speak the same language, we often have experiences that we don't understand each other. When our hearts are closed, our ears, eyes, and souls are also closed. And the word becomes only a noise. But when you receive the power of the Holy Spirit, you will not insist on yourself but will see other's existence, hear other's story, and understanding and trust will be born.

Then, not conformism but unity with diversity will be possible. I pray that the power and love of the Holy Spirit given on Pentecost may unite us so that our ears will be open to listening to each other, and proclaim the great works of God as the members of NCCJ.

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