God’s Call

by Ken Sehested

It was a time of great turmoil in the land. The Spirit of God bypassed all the famous leaders and came to me with a dream.

And I saw the Ruler of All Creation sitting on a throne, high and lofty, with majesty filling the sky as far as the eye could see.

Angels filled the air, shouting, “Holy, holy, holy! Just and Righteous and Merciful is God’s name!”

“Every bit of the earth is filled with the Blessed One’s caress!” And in my vision, Heaven’s Voice made the mountains shake and the meadows rumble.

And I said, “I am not worthy to see such things! My lips cannot speak such wonder. My hands cannot hold it. I am only a little girl.”

But the One who breathes every breath said to me: “Do not say ‘I am only a little girl.’ For you shall go where I send you, speak what I command you. Fear not, fear not.”

That’s when the Hand of Strength reached out and touched my mouth, saying, “I am putting my words in your mouth.”

It was as if coals of fire reached my lips. Not with pain, but with cleansing speech and clarifying conviction.

And I said: “OK. Here I am. Send me where you want me to go.”

Blessed is the journey, in and through the turmoil. And blessed is the One who seeks the abandoned, who sings the harmony of life, who sows the seeds of justice and reaps the harvest of peace. Send us. Send me. So let it be. Amen and Amen.

Copyright © 2007 by Ken Sehested


Ken Sehested
Ken Sehested is the editor/author of the online journal, prayer&politiks. He served as founding director of the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America (1984) and as founding co-pastor of Circle of Mercy Congregation in Asheville, NC (2001). An award-winning activist and author, his most recent books are Peace Primer II: Quotes from Jewish, Christian and Islamic Scripture & Tradition (published by the Baptist Peace Fellowship) and two collections of litanies, prayers and poems, In the Land of the Living and In the Land of the Willing (Wipf & Stock).