Well, as you can tell, my follow through/continuity with projects is at its best… not great. I cant believe three weeks has gone by already. My goal is to get something out every other week.
But anyhow, attached at the bottom is a video of my sermon from April 8th, 2018. This is what ended up coming out of my thoughts and ideas from the previous post. Funny how things can turn out so differently. I had meant this to be more of a social justice sermon, and there are hints of it in there, but I ended up being drawn in a different direction. I am excited to share it, because I am very proud of it. People tend to not realize how much work goes into sermon prepping (if you have the ideal time to do so). There are commentaries to be read, words to be analyzed, scripture to be mulled over, themes in one’s life that need to be observed, and a meditative listening for where the Holy Spirit is drawing your attention and emotions. It is so easy to get caught up in ALL of the things you would like to say about the scripture or idea that it gets disorienting. Over the course of prepping I end up asking myself multiple times, “ugh, what am I trying to do? What do I want to say?”
So as I sit here, surrounded by a desk covered in paper for 18534645 things I have to get done, I find myself taking a deep breath and asking myself, “what am I trying to do?” And honestly, the only real answer I can give right now is that I just want to share the joy, fascination, and sense of awe and excitement I get from studying scripture, theology, and life. It helps me find that connecting line between all the seemingly random things I get to do on a daily basis. And while that answer is tangibly useless in regards to which task to complete next, it is a helpful. reorienting, and energizing reminder. So I recommend this practice to any and everyone. No matter where you are or what you choose to be doing in life right now, ask “what am i trying to do?” It doesn’t have to be some meta understanding of your life in the world. It could be as simple as “I am trying to enjoy and appreciate my day today.” The point is that it helps us to be a little more present to the moment, to the day, and to the little ways that our body, our passions, and our faiths guide us through each minute, month, and lifetime. Namaste.