Good day friends! I pray your week and weekend went well, and that this devotion finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy!
Readings for May 30, 2021: The Holy Trinity
Isaiah 6:1-8; Psalm 29; Acts 2:14a, 22-36; John 3: 1-17
“Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.” Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.” 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
At the time of writing this devotion, the pastor that has had the most influence on my life has just gone to be with the Lord. This man of God was such a tremendous influence on my life. He was my pastor and teacher during the two years of confirmation when I was in grade 7 and 8. I still remember him trying to guide the class, a bunch of young people, to be pure. In particular, I remember him saying that, as young people, we should abstain from kissing. Well, that really stuck with me throughout my teenage years, and guided my actions when dating. However, I did feel I was being a bit of a rebel when I did kiss a boy.
Then 6 years later, there was our wedding which he officiated, as well as, the marriage classes that he guided me and my now husband of thirty-three years through before the big day. We were young but he was always supportive and kept guiding us back to the Lord and his will for marriage. He emphasized that a marriage takes three – husband, wife, and God. This truth has gotten us through- the Lord has gotten us through- many situations over the years. He even guided my husband through adult confirmation classes. His patience and wisdom won my husband’s heart, as well. Yes, this man of God was a servant of the Lord and you couldn’t help but love him and know that his words were true.
Then years later he was God’s instrument through which I learned about the Diaconate – the role of a Deacon in our church body. As the District President, he was in our home to help guide our church council through the start of our congregation’s vacancy when I learned about deaconesses. He was patient with me as I asked many questions about the diaconate and delayed the relevant outcome of the meeting. However, I knew that same night that becoming a deacon was what I was being called to do. Even through the obstacles for me to take the required schooling – taking seminary classes, finding babysitters, having the academic institutions across Canada work together on my behalf, etc. – he walked with me through it all. Yes, God used this faithful man to guide me to answer the Lord’s call in my life with, “Here I am, Lord. Send me.” I thank the Lord for sending him to me in order to help me hear God’s call for me and my life.
So, if there is someone in your life that has been influential to drawing you to the Lord and learning of his ways, his love, and his will for your life, take time to thank God for them and if possible, send them a thank-you for being faithful servants of the Lord. May we all answer God’s call like Isaiah, with repentant hearts and a resounding ‘Here I am Lord, Send me.” And then, patiently walk beside others on their life’s journey with the Lord, this side of heaven.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank-you for (name a faith mentor in your life). Please keep them in your care. Help me to be as faithful. This day, there is someone who is seeking you. Here I am Lord. Send me to them. In Jesus name I pray. AMEN!