This week one of my congregants quoted something from my sermon. The one that was three weeks ago! Now there’s a good feeling!
But now, after about 4-5 good sermons in a row, I’m feeling the slump coming on. Hey other preachy types out there, does this happen to you? It’s like I’m in some sort of cycle. A few weeks of inspiration just falling into my lap: sermons writing themselves, visual images and altar designs coming to me in my sleep, hymns and prayers jumping off the page and begging to be used to craft a whole worship service that speaks one coherent and spirit-filled message… and then… nothing. Weeks and weeks of staring at the texts, daring one of them, *any* one of them to speak to me, flipping through the hymnal looking for a topic that the editors didn’t see fit to put in the index (how can they not have indexed “wisdom,” for God’s sake [literally!]?). There’s only so much I can say about the Bread of Life, so I’ve spent my waking, non-VBS hours this week staring down Solomon, praying for a flicker of inspiration.
Anyone else get that, or is this what it means to be a rookie? Do you cultivate inspiration, or just thank the Muse when it strikes? Anyone?