February 7

Reflection

 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?”
“Here I am,” I said; “send me!”
Isaiah 6:3-8

 

“Here I am; send me” must be followed by a concrete personal witness which may be difficult. Our relationship with God is not a one-time assent. Answering a call from God is tested in prayer and in the faith community. As our understanding develops, it requires acceptance of the possibility of personal change and growth in response to God. We become attuned to God in a lifetime journey. The God we understood when we began such a journey is not usually the same as the One we understand as the journey continues. Our relationship grows and changes as long as we continue to seek God. “Here I am; send me!” is a conscious decision. We accept a process that will change us and change our relationships with everything. It is the beginning of a deeper spiritual growth—a change in us that will enable us to offer concrete insights to a world which can be renewed by the impact our new consciousness contributes to the whole.

Prayer

Here I am. Send me.

Action

Reflect on the implications for you if you say these words.

Suggested Reading

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?” “Here I am,” I said; “send me!”
Isaiah 6:3-8

Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.” When they brought their boats to the shore, they left everything and followed him.
Luke 5:1-11

The spiritual journey is individual, highly personal. It can’t be organized or regulated. It isn’t true that everyone should follow one path. Listen to your own truth.
Ram Dass

You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.
Martin Luther King Jr.

 We should not ask, “What is wrong with the world?” for that diagnosis has already been given. Rather, we should ask, “What has happened to the salt and light?”
John R. W. Stott

Lord, make my life a window for Your light to shine through and a mirror to reflect Your love to all I meet.
Robert Schuller

How do you convince a world that God is alive? By God’s aliveness in your life, by God’s work in producing reality in your experience.
Howard G. Hendricks

Salt comprises one of the most inconspicuous and ordinary of substances. It is minute, and usually mixed with common things. It is down-to-earth, and hidden most of the time. Yet here, in its unobvious way, salt achieves its effects. It flavors or preserves or heals, or sharpens – silently.
H. King Oehmig

 Christianity is a message about living and can only be expounded by being realized in men’s lives.
Soren Kierkegaard

 God did not direct His call to Isaiah— Isaiah overheard God saying, “. . . who will go for Us?” The call of God is not just for a select few but for everyone. Whether I hear God’s call or not depends on the condition of my ears, and exactly what I hear depends upon my spiritual attitude. Oswald Chambers

 

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