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by | May 22, 2024 | connect.faith, Everyday Spirituality: The Blog | 0 comments

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!”

Isaiah 6:8

Here I Am; send me!

If you’ve been in church since the 90’s, there’s a good chance you’ve heard the song based on this verse. Here I Am Lord is a favorite hymn for many congregations, at least in part because it calls us into a chorus of saying yes together. Singing the words “I will go Lord if you lead me – I will hold your people in my heart,” – makes the promise to serve others feel personal. One of the first times I ever heard this song was the Sunday I was visiting a church in Omaha, Nebraska, interviewing to be the Associate Pastor. Sure enough, I moved to Omaha.

Today, when I hear this song, I tend to think about being sent differently. What if being sent means looking around wherever we are – and looking for opportunities to bring love and strength and peace? Hearing this scripture causes me to wonder what opportunities to bring compassion might be right in front of me, if I am open to holding God’s people in my heart.

Prayer: Dear God, Help me to be open to the way you move in and through us, inviting us to be love to each other. In Jesus Name, Amen

Reflection Questions:

  1. Do you feel ready to say yes to being sent to serve others? If not – how might you need to be filled yourself? What helps you get your own spirit renewed?
  2. Have you ever felt God sending you to be there for another person, or a group of people? What do you remember about that experience?
  3. Today, try noticing the opportunities you might have to connect with people in-person, and in prayer. What does it look like to say yes to those chances?

Debbie Bronkema

Debbie is excited by the power of story to transform lives. Through her work as a pastor, author, retreat leader, and group facilitator, her hope is to plant seeds that encourage people to grow in their relationship with themselves, each other, and God.

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