A great joy in my life is being part of a band that played together in high school and college. After college, most of us would still get together one long weekend a year and play music for three straight days. We would gather at our friend and bandmate Mark’s home in Duluth. Last year, Mark passed away suddenly from a heart attack.
Mark was a collector of instruments. He had invested countless thousands of dollars on beautiful and rare instruments – all of which were displayed in a music room. Most people would keep that room as a museum of sorts; admiring the beauty of those instruments without compromising the rare craftsmanship by needless handling. Mark was NOT of that mindset. Mark firmly believed that the purpose of an instrument is to be played; experiencing the profound essence of musicianship and sharing that with the world. Mark would gladly encourage the band to take an instrument from the wall and play it with a humble passion.
This is what I hear in the text from Isaiah. Every gift God has created in us was designed to be consumed by the world for the sake of the world. Our delicate words can heal. Our open ears can listen someone into existence. Our vulnerable presence can deescalate fear. Our faithful courage can change the world. None of those gifts were meant to sit on a resume or talk about narratively. Those gifts were meant to serve God’s creation.
Let us pray: God use every part of me for the sake of your world. Instill in me a humble servant’s heart and send me into a world in need. Amen.