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By Lois Parker Edstrom
Object suggested: Draw an exclamation mark on poster board or on white board. At the appropriate time in your presentation add the phrase “Here I am; send me!”
If you have access to comic books you will be able to provide many examples of exclamation marks for the children.
Who knows what this symbol is and what it means? Yes, it is an exclamation mark. It is put at the end of a word or sentence to make you pay attention. When you see this mark it is as if the writer is shouting; look at this – this idea is really important.
You will find lots of exclamation marks in comic books after words like; Bang! Pow! Wow! You may find an exclamation mark all by itself near the hero’s head and that means the hero is surprised.
Exclamation marks show enthusiasm, extreme happiness or excitement.
Let me tell you about an exclamation mark I found in the Bible. I found it in a story about the prophet, Isaiah. (A prophet is a man of God who is able to tell what will happen in the future.)
Isaiah had a vision, or what we might call a dream, about the glory of God. It was a beautiful dream in which he saw the Lord sitting on a throne and heavenly creatures with great wings were above him.
Isaiah heard the Lord say, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” (6:8). In other words, who will take the God’s message to the people?
And Isaiah said, “Here I am. Send me!” (6:8). Let me show you the exclamation mark at the end of Isaiah’s statement here in the Bible. He is enthusiastic about sharing God’s message with others. It is as if he is saying: That’s great! Awesome! Amazing! Let me be the one! I know how to do that! Yes, here I am; send me!
How wonderful to have exclamation marks in our lives!!!
Scripture quotations from the World English Bible
Copyright 2012, Richard Niell Donovan