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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Lord, speak to me that I may speak
in living echoes of your tone.
As you have sought, so let me seek
your erring children, lost and lone.

O lead me, Lord, that I may lead
the wandering and the wavering feet.
O feed me, Lord, that I may feed
your hungering ones with manna sweet.

Frances Ridley Havergal’s “Lord, Speak to Me That I May Speak”
(tune: Canonbury)
from Glory to God: The Presbyterian Hymnal

There are several scripture passages that reveal that God provides what we need. When Jeremiah heard God calling him to be a prophet, he protested, “Ah, Lord God! Truly I do not know how to speak, for I am only a boy.” God responded saying, “Do not say ‘I am only a boy’” and promised to be with Jeremiah and give him the words he needed (Jeremiah 1:4–10).

Moses, who stuttered, also protested when God called him to liberate the Hebrew people: “I have never been eloquent . . . but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.” God responded by enlisting Moses’ articulate brother Aaron to do the talking, promising, “I will be with your mouth and with his mouth and will teach you what you shall do” (Exodus 3:10–15).

When the Church of the Saviour in Washington, D.C., planned to build a residential rehab center for former drug addicts, some neighbors sought to sue them. The pastor, Gordon Cosby, asked two church members who were to defend the plans in court how they felt. They responded, “We’re afraid—we don’t really know what to say.” Gordon said, “Good—then you must rely on God to give you the words.”

God does not call us to do that which we can do by ourselves. God calls us to serve in ways in which we must rely upon God for ability and strength. Turn to God and trust that God will provide everything you need for service.

Gracious God, I feel inadequate. Speak to me so I may speak. Lead me so I may lead. Feed me so I may feed. Love me so I may love others. I know you bless me so that I may be a blessing to others. May it be so. Amen.

Written by Victoria G. Curtiss, Associate Pastor for Mission

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