Thursday, January 15, 2015

Here I Am Lord, Send Me!

I am linking up for the Five Minute Friday. The FMF is hosted by Kate Motaung on her blog Heading Home. Today's prompt is "Send." Write for five minutes; unedited.

"Here I am Lord, Send Me!"

Do we truly believe these words? Or do we run and hide as we say them for ourselves? Yet there is such a gift in trusting in the call to be one of God's disciples in the world.

Earlier this week, I shared about the 5th anniversary of the Haiti earthquake and the death of my camp friend Renee's husband Ben. Ben, Renee, and Ben's cousin Jon were in Haiti because they had been sent their to help teach about the Lutheran church there. They were staying and volunteering at St. Josephs School for Boys when the earthquake hit. Renee and Jon somehow were able to get out of the rubble but Ben breathed his last breaths as it was believed he sang the words "God's peace to us we pray." Today Jon and Renee are married and both serving as Pastors. In fact, they are expecting their first child any day now.

"Here I am Lord, Send Me!"

My friend Nicole and her husband Rob were sent to Bulgaria last year to pick up their newly adopted daughter. This adoption process began over three years ago, but now their daughter is at home with them. What if they hadn't heard the words proclaimed to them to be E's family...

"Here I am Lord, Send Me!"

Being sent to seminary, starting my last call, leaving that call and starting this new call....were all times when I was afraid to take the next step. Yet God kept urging me to say those words and to trust him fully in saying them...

"Here I am Lord, Send Me!"

God continually calls us to be God's Servants in the world.
God calls me...God calls YOU!

"Here I am Lord, Send Me!"
"Here we are Lord, Send Us!"

16 comments:

  1. I love how you touched on the fact that there are seasons and stages to God's call on our lives. He's always sending us, but the sending looks different every time. Great post!

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    1. Yes indeed, God is always sending us, but the sending looks different every time. Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. Love this Here I am Lord, Send Me!" One of my favorite hymns in the Chalice Hymnal that we use in the Christian Church (Disicples of Christ) is "Here I am Lord"...I LOVE the refrain especially:

    Here I am, Lord.
    Is it I, Lord?
    I have heard you calling in the night.
    I will go, Lord,
    if you lead me.
    I will hold your people in my heart."

    These words remind me of stories you shared about your friend's husband...and the many others who have answered God's call!

    Thanks for sharing!

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  3. AMEN! AMEN! AMEN!!! I have many conversations with God making sure that I am doing what He is sending me to do! I love that reminder of proclaiming out loud--Here I am, Lord. Send me! Proclaiming that we all can answer His call to be sent wherever He is sending us and never letting fear stop us from doing what He's calling us to do. Thank you for sharing such beautiful stories! I loved this!
    Blessings-
    Christine

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    1. It is hard to proclaim out loud but I believe it is especially during those difficult times that we need to proclaim even more loudly. I am glad you loved my post! :)

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  4. What a great follow up to that wonderful tribute you posted earlier. I pray that we would all have that heart and that motivation from the Holy Spirit to say Here I am Lord, send me. Amen.

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    1. Yes me we all have the heart and motivation from the Holy Spirit to proclaim those words!

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  5. So true - he is still calling - not just to the more obvious places, but our friends and family - co workers - neighbors - he has sent us

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    1. Exactly! Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Thanks for your encourage words!!! We have to be ready for what ever God send us to do

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    1. Sandra, you are so welcome!

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  7. Amen, my friend! I love that we both started off with the same Verse... because, of course! Praying for you this week... sorry for your loss!

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    1. Karrilee, thanks for the prayers. I love that we started off with that same verse too! :)

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  8. It's stunning how the Lord is redeeming such a tragedy in Renee and John's life. Nothing is wasted, even when we question along the way. Thanks for sharing it!

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  9. It really is stunning, isn't it?!?!

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