Digging for water

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I have just finished my talk for Remembrance Sunday. One of the churches I work for has a double service as they can’t fit everyone in the church at once – and the act of remembrance joins to two services together.
This means I have to do the talk twice, and it needs to be suitable for children and adults alike. Good job I don’t have to rely on my own inspiration really.
Writing sermons has always been for me, like digging for water. Its not my water, its the Lords. My job is to find it, scoop it up and pour it out at church.
The problem is I can spend a lot of time digging in the wrong place and wondering why I haven’t found any water. Of course the Bible gives us a signpost:
“Be still, and know that I am God!
      I will be honored by every nation.
      I will be honored throughout the world.”
Psalm 46:10
Digging for this kind of water is about stopping to take note of the one who supplies it, and then after that, stepping out and getting on with it. Jesus says:
[When you are arrested,] don’t worry about how to respond or what to say. God will give you the right words at the right time.
Matthew 10:19

And that’s the heart of it. God does indeed give us the right words at the right time – and that’s the water I dig for each time I am asked to preach.

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