Here I Am Lord!

One of the first songs that stirred my spirit was Amazing Grace.  My friends and I were at a concert at the Auditorium Theater to see Joan Baez in the early 70's.  As an encore, she came out and sang that song with no microphone or accompaniment.  You could have heard a pin drop.
Amazing Grace how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found
Was blind, but now I see.

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed!
        Thro many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
'Tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promised good to me:
His word my hope secures;
He will my sheild and portion be
As long as life endures.
I was still lost, but somehow, I knew God had found me.  I didn't know how to continue in a faith journey.  None of my friends were religious and the stirrings of that song soon faded to the background and I went on with my life.  Such as it was.
Years later, after becoming Catholic, getting married and having two of our three children, I found myself at a large meeting between two parishes.  After the meeting it was decided to sing Here I Am Lord.  Once again, the stirrings manifested themselves.
I, the Lord of sea and sky, I have heard my people cry.
All who dwell in dark and sin my hand will save.
I who made the stars of night, I will make the darkness bright.
Who will bear my light to them?  Whom shall I send?

Here I am, Lord.  Is it I, Lord?  I have heard you calling in the night.
I will go, Lord, if you lead me.  I will hold your people in my heart.
I felt like I had come full circle.  I was back at that moment when I knew God had reached out to me, but I had no idea what to do next.  This time I was standing among people of faith.  This time I had found community and I was being encouraged and guided.  This time I reached out in song,
"Here I am Lord!"

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