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Send me!

The year King Uzziah died I saw the Lord! He was sitting on a lofty throne, and he Temple was filled with his glory. Hovering about him were mighty, six-winged angels of fire. With two of their wings they covered their faces, with two others they covered their feet, and with two they flew. In a great antiphonal chorus they sang, "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is filled with his glory." Such singing it was! It shook the Temple to its foundations, and suddenly the entire sanctuary was filled with smoke.

Then I said, "My doom is sealed, for I am a foul-mouthed sinner, a member of a sinful, foul-mouthed race; and I have looked upon the King, the Lord of heaven's armies."

Then one of the mighty angels flew over to the altar and with a pair of tongs picked out a burning coal. He touched my lips with it and said, "Now you are pronounced 'Not Guilty' because this coal had touched your lips. Your sins are all forgiven."

Then I heard the Lord asking, "Whom shall I send as a messenger to my people? Who will go?"

And I said, "Lord, I'll go! Send me."

Isaiah 6:1-8 (TLB)

Katie J. Trent lives in Arizona. Katie and her husband had served as youth helpers for two years when their pastor approached them about the need for a youth pastor at a small church across the state. Katie's initial response was "No way!" She had no formal education or training, and she had left that area after a tumultuous childhood. She had no desire to return to a place where she had felt judged and isolated, yet her heart desired to live for Jesus and Katie felt him calling. So they answered the call. Of course when they said, "Send us," theirs was more like frightened mumble than shout, but they said yes.

Though it proved challenging, Katie will never regret their response. God moved in mighty ways through them. They were able to launch a youth group and brought teens from different denominations together for camps, offering them a sense of belonging. Through outreach efforts, they also saw significant transformation in the lives of many imprisoned youth. Katie is still amazed at the powerful ways God used them, with all their imperfections. From that time in her life, Katie learned that God doesn't need the smartest or most talented people to transform the world. God simply needs someone willing to say, "Send me."

Prayer: Dear God, help each of us to be willing to say yes to you. Give us the strength to serve you in whatever ways we can, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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