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Bouncing back after striking out early Ash Wednesday

Today, something a bit unusual: I'd like to share what I'll call "the evolution of an Ash Wednesday sermon."

To use a baseball analogy, I'd like to share with you what it was like to go from badly striking out at the 6:30 a.m. early service to doing better in each of the three later sermons that day.
Let me start by saying that I would like to live in a universe where all my sermons were written days or weeks before they needed to be preached.
But in the universe I do live in, sometimes - despite my prayers and Bible reading/exegesis and preparation and study - sometimes things conspire to prevent a sermon from being written in time.
And that's what happened late last week and early this week: pastoral and teaching and administrative and other responsibilities, plus a low level exhaustion, took over.
That's not that unusual. Most clergy weeks are full, and clergy are not immune from exhaustion.
But usually inspiration strikes before we have to climb into th…