No small task, right?
Yesterday's Jewel of Elul was by Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater. I don't know him, but he did a great job of capturing the way that I feel about sermon-writing:
Writing sermons brings a myriad of emotions for me: fear, excitement, nervousness, and anticipation. Will I inspire, challenge, comfort, educate, or transform those listening? Will I reach one person with my message?
The blank screen that unfolds before each sermon is my darkness - formless and void. And then I begin to create. As I sit down to write, I am aware of this creation teaching, for it calls me to find the message needed for the moment.
Oh yes, Josh. (Can I call you Josh? I feel a kinship, let me tell you.) This is it - the blank screen, the emotions, the desire to "get it right" - and yes...one person is enough for me too.
It's a long shot, but I think I'll get there.