Language is a funny thing. For example, the language that my 3-year-old uses is basically an almost random mishmash of mispronounced words along with incorrect grammar and syntax (that, and throwing tantrums). As he just started using this very unresearched and undocumented language, I find myself often (like every day) not understanding what he’s trying to say. At such times (like every day) I ask my 6-year-old to translate, as somehow his grasp of his brother’s English-sounding utterances is much better than mine. It’s a marvel to watch. I haven’t a clue as to what they’re saying, but somehow they understand each other enough to know what their nonsensical and incoherent words mean. Yup, language is a funny thing.
But spoken language isn’t the only way we communicate with each other, is it? We also express ourselves with gestures, facial expressions, grunts, and of course, actions.
While the world’s languages are many and diverse, we can all still communicate through the language of love, community and service. That is a language that everyone can understand, and it is a language that anyone can get behind. And thankfully, it is a language that has been graciously and eternally given to us, that we may accomplish anything.
*fictitious language, Tamarian for “cooperation” (from Star Trek: The Next Generation)
God, may your love be the language that unites us for your glory. Amen. — NF