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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Accent (02/21/13)

TITLE: Universal Language
By Kim Norton


"Excuse me?" "Come again." "I'm sorry. I didn't understand you." I find myself repeating these phrases many times over during conversations with people who have different accents than myself. I admit it is a bit embarrassing at times. I do not have the gift of language or interpretation as my world traveling husband does. We have a good laugh on occasion at my lack of exposure and understanding of other cultures and dialects. Truth be told, it is very frustrating to me, as I am sure it is to those trying to communicate with me.

The language barrier can be quite difficult to overcome. I've often wondered what it will be like when we get to Heaven. Will we all speak the same language? Or, will we all be able to understand one another's languages? One thing is for sure, there will be many tribes and nations gathered together praising our Lord. Revelation 7:9 reads, "After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands." (ESV)

A friend recently returned from a month long business trip to China. He shared that while he was there, he found a Christian church to attend. What struck me most was his description of the worship service. He said there were people representing numerous nationalities and languages. And, that although he couldn't understand all the different words that were spoken, it was evident they were all praising and worshiping the same Jesus Christ, Lord and Savior. They were sharing the universal language of music through songs of praise and they understood the One that they were all singing about.

I look forward to the day when we all get to Heaven and lift our voices in praise together. Revelation 5:9 says, "And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation." (ESV) What a beautiful picture of peace, harmony, and understanding between all nations!

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Judith Gayle Smith03/03/13
I love this.

Loving you in through and because of Jesus, the Christ . . .

Have you "thrown a brick"?
C D Swanson 03/05/13
Good thoughts in this powerful entry. Nicely done. God bless~
Loni Bowden-Horn 03/07/13
This entry was very creative. I never really considered what language we would speak in Heaven but we will be able to communicate in Heaven with everyone.

I enjoyed your writing.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/07/13
You did a great job on this piece. it fit the topic and tackled it in a different way than most articles I've read this week, which is a good thing.

The only thing I would suggest is because you are the person saying all of those quotes in the beginning, you can include them in one set of quotation marks. had they been by different people then you would need the marks around each phrase and start a new paragraph each time the speaker changes.

I think your transition to the message was smooth and felt like the perfect direction to go. I like the verses that you quoted too as they are a perfect fit for your message. Not a lot of people quote Revelations either so that added another fresh take. This was quite enjoyable and well-written.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/07/13
Congratulations for placing 8th in your level! The highest rankings can be found on the message boards.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/07/13
Oops I'm sorry you ranked 9th in level one, not 8th but it is still impressive!