The Beauty of Diversity

Peggy Byland

Read: Acts 2:1-13

And at this sound the multitude came together . . .  (v. 6)

There is a stone on Drummond Island, unique in its appearance and formation. Formed long ago from sediment dispersed with the erosion of larger rocks, this conglomerate of red and brown jasper pebbles, mixed with white quartz and cemented with sandstone, forms what is known as “puddingstone.” Named by English settlers about 1840, this unusual rock formation, composed of many diverse elements, reminded them of suet pudding, a fruitcake-like dessert made with cherries and currants mixed in.

On the day of Pentecost, people had gathered in Jerusalem from many places, speaking many different languages. When the Holy Spirit filled the disciples, they were able to speak in the people’s languages to share the good news of Jesus Christ. God had drawn very different people together for his purpose.

As I neared the end of my stay, I thought about the man in the blue truck picking apples, the cashier who sold me candles, the retired postman, and the museum volunteer who shared DeTour’s history, the boat crew who carefully parked my car aboard the ferry, the many dog owners who shared walks with Isa and me, and the wonderful people who sat in the pews of Union Presbyterian Church and listened attentively to the Word of God. There is great beauty in God’s people spread throughout the world, just like the beauty in the mixture of colors in the puddingstone. —Peggy Byland

As you pray, ask the Lord to cause people of all the nations to find beauty in diversity and hope in Jesus Christ.