Friday, May 9, 2008

Gifts of the Spirit Friday Five


Presbyterian Gal from Revgalblogpals shares this Friday Five with us:

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?
I used to have things happen, and think, hmmm, this is kind of familiar, I think I dreamed about this. Maybe this is more like a "premonition" than an actual prophesy. Or, maybe it's because I don't pay enough attention to my dreams. I did once have a dream about a dove flying around my apartment .... which I later took to have something to do with the Holy Spirit.


2. ...dreamed of a stranger, then actually met them later?
No. I think my husband has, though.


3. ...seen a wonder in heaven? (including UFO's)
I think seeing the stars out in the country when it's clear, like the big dipper and the little dipper and the north star, is a wonder in itself. The haze of the city has blocked these out for us most of the time, and it's a wonder to see that they are there, even if we don't notice them. It reminds me of something I read a long time ago about hearing God's voice: God is still speaking, but there is so much noise in modern life that we don't hear.


4. ...seen a "sign" on the earth?
Not anything like crop circles or things like that. I would like to see Stonehenge sometime. But I see "signs" in other people or in ordinary things all the time. I saw a woman dancing with a man who was in a wheelchair once, and saw that as a "sign" of God's grace. I saw a man taking long strides and his five year old daughter runnig to try to keep up, and saw that as a sign too, but a different one altogether. I saw a twelve year old African American girl bend down to kiss an old woman in a nursing home, who was a stranger to her.


5. ...experienced knowledge of another language without ever having studied it?
Once, in my Bible study in college, when we were praying together, one of the members did start praying in French, even though he had not studied it.


Bonus Question: What would a modern day news coverage of the first Pentecost have sounded like?
Personally, even though I have a lot of respect (usually) for the fourth estate, I think the news would have wrecked this one. Tongues of fire? Babbling disciples? "We're not drunk!"? And the mighty, rushing wind! Headline: FIRE IN JERUSALEM! DETAILS AT 5:00.....

12 comments:

RevAnne said...

Love your signs...a reminder that all we need to do is be aware that God is speaking/acting/reaching out.
Thanks!

Sally said...

I love your signs too- sometimes I think we are just too dull to realise God is speaking!

Presbyterian Gal said...

Great play! The dove dream is very cool and I appreciate what you say about signs. I get so busy and miss a lot myself.

RevDrKate said...

Amen on the signs and wonders and totally agree on your bonus.

revhipchick said...

beautiful and thoughtful post.

blessings.

Jan said...

Diane, it's so good to read your answers. I loved the last one.

Hot Cup Lutheran said...

#3 - yep. and yep. noise does drown out so much, and the city lights, and technology in general i think. *sigh* maybe that's a hint i should quit blogging and continue writing that sermon... ack!

Sophie's Daughter said...

#4 sounds like mine! how can we not be amazed at the stars?

I laughed with the headline...

thanks!

GreenishLady said...

Once, sitting at lunch during a conference among a group of German-speaking people, I realised they were all speaking English in deference to me, and I said to them to please, speak German, to take a rest from having to think in English for a while. As they spoke, I relaxed and thought I'll just zone out, but after a short time, realised I was following the conversation perfectly well, despite my scant command of German gleaned from a couple of terms of classes many years prior to that. I wasn't actually translating in my mind - it seemed I was just understanding, if that makes sense.

I did hear a stranger's voice in a dream, and met them later. This person has become very important in my life.

Sorry... just realised you might not have been asking that of us. That's the question that was asked of you. Oh well.... there you go, anyway!

Diane said...

Greenish lady - I'm always intereste in what you think....

Singing Owl said...

The stars we seldome see...yes.

Good post!

gartenfische said...

This is so beautiful, Diane.