December 6, Sunday                   Isaiah sees the Lord

Isaiah 6:1-8 (NRSV)

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple. Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory.” The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called, and the house filled with smoke. And 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 King, 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!”

She was so excited! The child leaned forward on the edge of her seat with eyes wide open to take in all that was happening on the stage. The colorful costumes, graceful dancers and soaring music were like nothing she’d seen before. When the ballet ended, she wanted to take ballet lessons and someday be the prima ballerina.

Advent is a season of anticipation and celebration of Christ’s birth, His life, and His gift of salvation. As we begin to focus on the season, excitement builds and we experience again the delight we felt when we first accepted the gift of salvation. Then we look beyond our own joy and wonder how we can be the presence of Christ in our world. Soon we hear the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?”

On the edge of our seats, leaning forward with hope and a willing heart, we say as Isaiah said, “Here am I, send me.”

What would the Lord have me do to show His love in our world and guide others to experience the presence of Christ in their lives?

Lord, help us to celebrate the Advent season with the joy of a child, with the gratitude of one who has received the greatest gift, and with complete surrender to Your will as Isaiah did. Amen. 

By Judy Dacus, CBFAR Coordinating Council member
First Baptist Church, Hot Springs


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