Wednesday, October 18, 2023

The Gift of Human Language

Today I had my bi-weekly B12 shot, and when the nurse came into the room she asked me which arm I would like to have my injection in. I almost told her,"Es ist mir ganz egal." You see, I had been thinking in German all morning long, even praying in the language, but thankfully I caught myself and replied, "I don't really care. You choose." Odd isn't it, how a language can stick with you. I haven't lived in a German-speaking part of the world since 1983, but I can still speak the language fluently. I say this because if you're one of those seminary students who studied Greek maybe 10 years ago, you might be surprised how quickly the language will come back to you with a little effort. Why not dust off that old Greek New Testament of yours today? Use it alongside your English Bible when you do your daily devotions. Let the Holy Spirit use both languages to speak to you. It's worth trying, don't you think?

Incidentally, as I recited the Lord's Prayer today in German, I was so impressed by how poetic it is. It concludes with this beautiful rhyme:

" ... und die Ehrlichkeit in Ewigkeit." 

How lovely. And memorable. 

Thank you, Lord, for the gift of human language.