The conclusion of the FIYH epilogue:
 We dare to utter that sacred Word because we once heard the voice of Mystery who spoke to Isaiah: “Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?” And we answered with Isaiah, “Here I am; send me” (Is 6:8). With Jeremiah we trust that the Lord will place his words in our mouths, despite our youth or age, our ignorance and our inadequacies (Jer 1:6-9). Even when we fall on our faces, the promise of Ezekiel is there, that a voice will speak to us and a spirit enter into us and set us again on our feet (Ezek 2:1-3). We believe that the Word we speak is the Word God intends to have an effect upon the world in which we live.
For just as from the heavens the rain and snow come
And do not return there till they have watered the earth, making it fertile and fruitful,
Giving seed to him who sows and bread to him who eats,
So shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth;
It shall not return to me void, but shall do my will, achieving the end for which I sent it. (Is 55:10-11)
Funny how that St James, Seattle ambo pictured with this series of posts depicts this very passage.
 We too stand in sacred space, aware of our personal inadequacy, yet willing to share how the scriptural story has become integrated into our thoughts and actions while we walked among those who turn their faces toward us. The words we speak are human words describing how God’s action has become apparent to us this week. Is it any wonder then that excitement and tension fill us in the moments before we preach? With a final deep breath may we also breathe in the Spirit of God who will animate our human words with divine–power.
(All texts from Fulfilled in Your Hearing are copyright © 1982 USCCB. All rights reserved. Used with permission.)