So I Send You

Pastoral Reflections

We have a saying in my land of origin, “When a child is given something greater than them, they ask who the message is for.”

This week, I have reflected on the words of Christ to His disciples, “As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” (John 20:21b).

There is, sometimes, an eagerness that comes when God’s people catch glimpses of a mission. Something that God may be about, in which we may have the opportunity to participate! There can be deep joy, as well as sacrifice, in being sent.

However, this verse seems to put a punctuation on my heart as I continue to dream about reaching out. “As the Father has sent me,” Jesus begins. Things don’t begin with us being sent out. They begin with the Son being sent to us.

Jesus first comes to us from the Father. He encounters us. He works the Father’s will upon us. Then He sends us. Only then can we take something on this errand which is bigger than us.

As we set our eyes ‘to dream’ beyond our walls, we rest in this assurance that we do not merely get up and go. We are only sent. Therefore, I invite us all to set our eyes, first, on the One sent to us. The One from whom we must first receive.

I want to ask our church family for prayers in the weeks ahead, leading up to the new year. Let us ask Christ to encounter us and to prepare us as bringers—as bearers—of His redemptive presence within our communities.
Please pray for:

  • Eyes to see what God may be showing us and clarity as we seek God’s direction in the mission.
  • God to work in our own hearts and lives as witnesses of His redemption in the world.
  • Open doors of engagement and interaction between us and our communities.

The view outside may be disconcerting at times, but our peace is in the very assurance that the One whom the Father has sent, sends us.
Donald Nwankwo
The Light of Christ Anglican Church
4000 W. Yale Ave.
Denver, CO 80219