The Gift of Language
It amazes me how God has brought together such a diverse group of people to form our community at Trinity, which is all the richer because of the numerous cultural backgrounds represented in our school. While English is the primary language that we use to communicate amongst each other, the reality is that we have more than 25 languages represented at Trinity. This is one of the reasons that the focus of our chapel this morning was on the theme of the Gift of Language.
We started by looking at God’s role in language and how he created diversity of languages in Genesis 11, causing people to be scattered throughout the world in pockets of similar language. We know that He created us beautifully in His image to care for the whole world and that language is a tool that He equipped us with.
This led us to think about the importance of learning languages to better communicate with each other, while bringing us to a deeper understanding of other cultures. Ultimately, languages help us to develop a better understanding of each other and, in turn, propel us to live out Jesus’ command to love our neighbour as ourselves. They can be used to break down barriers and build bridges in their place.
God knows no boundary of languages, but rather hears us in whichever language we choose to communicate our prayers and praises. This was beautifully illustrated this morning, as we read verses in Korean, French, Spanish, and English. This was followed by a song in English, Zulu, and French. While they were different in how they sounded, they were identical in meaning and all brought glory to God.
Finally, we ended our time together hearing about how we can make a difference in the lives of people in various parts of the world through organizations like World Renew. By partnering with them, we can bless our brothers and sisters of diverse cultural, linguistic, and socio-economic backgrounds by equipping them with education and tools (bees, water, and chickens) to live a better life. What a wonderful way to apply what we learned by loving our neighbours.
J-D Lussier, Principal