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Friday, April 13, 2012

Send me, Lord… (or, yet another sermon from a walk with the dog)

 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying:
Whom shall I send,
And who will go for Us?
Then I said, Here am I! Send me.
Isaiah 6:8 (NKJV)

Thuma mina, thuma mina,
thuma mina, Nkosi yam.
South African traditional funeral hymn, in Zulu
Send me, Lord

Yesterday’s prayer was for guidance.  I really needed it.  In fact, this morning my husband and I lingered over Psalms 143…not so much the “Get ‘em, Lord” parts, as the “I need You” parts.  Well, be careful what you wish for, pray for, desire to enter your life.  Walking the dog this morning, iPod on, I rediscovered a song I apparently never properly heard before…Thuma mina, by Hugh Masekela. 

Based upon a traditional Zulu hymn often sung at funerals, Hugh Masekela makes the song an appeal to God to be useful. 

“I want to be there when the people start to turn it around when they triumph over poverty. 
I wanna be there when the people win the battle against AIDS.  I wanna lend a hand. 
I wanna be there for the alcoholics, I wanna be there for the drug addicts,
I wanna be there for the victims of violence and abuse. 
I wanna lend a hand, Send me.”

I believe one of the greatest challenges in this life is to make it all count.  Not just the “on” times, not just formal ministry opportunities, but all of it.  Mentoring.  Parenting.  Loving.  Working.  Speaking.  Being silent…..

The plea in the song is not “I want to arrive and help when,” but rather "I already want to be there."  Lord, send me.  Let me be a doer of The Word….nothing more.  This is the message for my meantime.  Lord, send me to do, while I am waiting, while I am praying, while I am silently awaiting that which You have expressly for me.  I am no Isaiah, but we are ALL called.  Called to do, on the mountains, in the valleys, in our meantimes…

If I hadn’t been building long run playlists with music to get me through my training for a 5k, it would’ve taken me longer to get around to listening to this song again.  Lord. I get it.  You had to get me here.  I had to be led, and be ready to listen.  I had to be in the valley, in my own meantime, to hear This Word from You.  So, as hard as it might be, I am thankful for my meantime, because this is the gift You desired me to find here. 

With tears in my eyes, I worship you, and hit repeat just one more time…Thuma mina (tu´ma me´ na), Send me, Lord.  As long as I remember that I’m never going along, I will be grateful, giving you all the Praise, the Honor, and the Glory….remembering that above all, You are Good. 


  1. God is so good! I think many people are afraid to say that prayer, "send me." It's not until we get to that place of full surrender that we can embrace that prayer. It's beautiful to see your heart for God :)

    1. Thank you for commenting. You're right, answering God's call can be terrifying. When you release yourself to His Grace, you remember that He did not give us a spirit of fear....
      Peace and good.

  2. Great blog! :) I'm stopping by from the Blog Hop Till You Drop! Hope to see you at my blog as well! http://acostaeveli.blogspot.com/p/5-day-blog-hop.html

    1. Thank you for visiting, and for commenting. I'm off to your blog now.
      Peace and good to you, and welcome!

  3. Such a wonderful song; I love the distinction between those two phrases--I already want to be there! I've always loved music from Africa. Good luck on your training...it was when I was training for the Avon 2-day walk that I was able to listen to a lot of music!

  4. New follower from Blog Hop! Like all the resources you have on your blog! My blog is http://naptimeshopper.blogspot.com/

  5. Beautiful! You are so right! What we ask of God, he gives. I completely agree with you. I want to lend a hand. Send me. He sent His Son for us.

    Happy seeing beautiful!


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