Every now and then I get preacher’s block. It’s probably like writer’s block. Probably every professional gets some kind of “block” at various points in their career. Mine stared last week— I stared at a blank screen for a while, went for a walk, came back… nothing; had lunch, came back to my computer… nothing, then went home. I tried writing my sermon at home and had some success… or at least, this is it.
It may be that my brain isn’t working optimally at the moment because of lower back pain. It may be that my heart is aching because of what is happening in our world. It may be that I’m a little worn out. It may be that many of us don’t know what’s happening in the United Church of Canada these days with all the changes afoot. My preacher’s block may have to do with the sorrow many of us feel because so many trans people have been murdered this past year. Maybe it has to do also with the fact that our United Church Pensions Board, despite a resolution at last year’s General Council, has refused to divest from Goldcorp, a mining company which has a deplorable track record around the world for human rights abuses.
At a gathering of fellow United Church ministers a few weeks ago, one of us said something like, “Our hearts are a little fragile these days; it’s only natural. There’s a lot going on.”
That helped. »»