So Send I You

“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!” Isaiah 6:8

Margaret Clarkson was a 23 year old school teacher in a gold mining town in northern Ontario, Canada – far from friends and family. As she meditated on John 20:21 one evening, God spoke to her through the phrase “So send I you.” She realized that this lonely area was the place to which “God had sent her.” This was her mission field. As she quickly set down her thoughts in verse, one of the finest and most popular missionary hymns of the twentieth century was born. 

Because of a physical disability, Miss Clarkson was unable to fulfill her early desire of going to a foriegn mission field. Yet her words have challenged many to respond to God’s call for service:

So send I you to labor unrewarded,
To serve unpaid, unloved, unsought, unknown,
To bear rebuke, to suffer scorn and scoffing,
So send I you to suffer for My sake.

So send I you to bind the bruised and broken,
O’er wandering souls to work , to weep, to wake,
To hear the burdens of a world so weary,
So send I you to suffer for My sake.

So send I you to loneliness and longing,
With heart ahung’ring for the loved and known,
Forsaking home and kindred, friend and dear one,
So send I you to know My love alone.

So send I you to leave your life’s ambition,
To die to dear desire, self will resign,
To labor long and love where men revile you,
So send I you to lose your life in Mine.

So send I you to hearts made hard by hatred,
To eyes made blind because they will not see,
To spend – tho’ it be blood – to spend and spare not,
So send I you to taste of Calvary.

“As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” John 20:21

This song, “Here I Am,” always comes to my mind when the conversation turns to Hearing God’s voice and obedience.

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