Send me

Dearly Beloved, Grace and Peace to you.                     I said: "Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the Sovereign, the Lord of hosts!" Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coal that had been taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. The seraph touched my mouth with it and said: "Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out." 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 6.5-8

God, my small mind, my little sparrow of fear believes I am not good enough to bear your love into this world, to be the one to shine with your flame, to carry your flowers, to speak your Word.

Burn up that little mind in the blaze of your love. Let your whole heaven of beauty sweep me away. Kiss me with your fierce glory and I melt, smitten, molten, my lips still burning, my guts still aflutter.

Newly made, I know myself anew— not by my falterings, but by your flame in me. I find myself not in my fear but in your love. Here am I. I want to be there as you kiss the world. Send me.

                    Deep Blessings, Pastor Steve

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