"I will break their hearts of stone, Give them hearts for love alone." - Dan Schutte
The words above are from one of my favorite hymns, Here I am Lord, which we sang at my ordination several years ago. This hymn is about answering the call of Spirit to serve others. In the chorus, we sing, "Here I am, Lord...I have heard you calling in the night." This is based on the Bible stories in which Isaiah and Samuel, at different times, answer the call to serve their brothers and sisters.
We are all called to serve. Each of us has special gifts that are meant to be shared with the world. Our gifts are many and varied - compassion, music, healing, art, writing, speaking, raising children, raising crops - the list is endless. What is important is that we understand that we are called to serve others with these gifts. To turn our backs on this call is to turn our backs on all that we hold sacred.
Some of us turn our backs on this c…