Tuesday of Trinity – Isaiah 6:1-8

1In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3And one called to another and said:

    “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!”

 4And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. 5And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!”

 6Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.”

 8And 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.”

He was a very large man, both physically and in sheer personal presence. He was a successful businessman. His company had contracts around the world. He consulted for large companies, some of them household names. I met him through a personal tragedy he endured, and God gave me a chance to see something truly remarkable. This man who had always been a decent enough fellow suddenly caught the Gospel. I had grown up with this faith. It had always been there, since my father held me in his arms when I was ten days old and poured the waters of baptism on my head. I had been surrounded by forgiveness. This man was starved for it and the Spirit took hold of him. He wanted to do so much, and he did.

“Here am I! Send me!” shouts Isaiah. A moment before he had been crouching under the furniture hoping not to be noticed by the Lord and the angelic court which was gathered around God’s throne. He thought he was going to die. He wasn’t wrong, but there was more to tell. With a burning coal the Seraph took away his guilt. His sin was atoned for.

See the difference that made for Isaiah? He went from cowering in the corner to running down the aisle volunteering. What happened to his fear? It is gone, swept away by the promise and love of God. What happens now? Isaiah becomes a prophet, proclaiming God’s Word. That forgiveness has been working its wonder in you and me and my friend. Sometimes it is a pent-up zeal. For others it is the slow and steady life-long service rendered to the kingdom. In both of them, the same love is at work. Our sins are forgiven. We are ready to serve.

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