Little Stories from the Bible
The Man Who First Said: Here Am I; Send Me
SURELY most of us have heard the fine song in which we have the words: "Here am I; send me." But many of us do not know where the words of this song come from. This is the story.

Among the men who lived in the days of old was Isaiah, who was a great preacher and prophet. When he was still a young man, a very strange thing happened to him. He saw God sitting on a throne which was like a large and beautiful arm-chair. All around this throne bright angels were standing, each one with six wings. While they were standing there, they cried out to one another, "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the earth is full of his glory."

When Isaiah saw this, he became very much afraid, for he was a sinful man, just like all human beings. But one of the angels flew to him and touched his mouth with a live coal. This meant that his sins were forgiven.

After this the Lord called out, asking who would go out for Him to preach to the people. Then Isaiah said, "Here am I; send me." He was ready to be the servant of the Lord and bring His Word to others, just as we should always be willing to tell others about God's love.