We begin with a quote from revgal Jan Richardson's book Sacred Journeys: A Woman's Book of Daily Prayer as she meditates on the midwives who tricked Pharaoh, saving the lives of countless babies, including Moses.
Midwife literally means "with-woman." Shiphrah and Puah embody this "withness" in their solidarity with each other, with God and with the Hebrew people...Working together, Shiphrah and Puah speak to us of the necessity to draw strength from one another as we give birth to new visions, to different ways of living, to one another and even to ourselves.
We'll be "drawing strength from one another" as we help each other bring our sermons to life this week. Are you diving (ha!) into the story of Moses? Or maybe you are full steam ahead in your series on Romans? Or, are you considering Jesus' words in Matthew, each verse of which seems to be its own perfect little sermon?
Personally, I have never preached on either the Romans or the Matthew text, although I love them both. The Romans, I generally avoid, I think, because it has so much personal resonance for me; it was in my ordination service, and when my dad showed me his gift to me that day - his confirmation Bible - the same text was written in the flyleaf, in a note from his confirmation mentor all those years before. The Matthew text trips me up because I once heard A Very Famous Preacher preach a sermon on this text so perfect for the time and place that I sort of cannot imagine what else could be said about it.
I guess Jan might say these excuses are the pharoahs, blocking my path. However, unlike the wily midwives, I am sidestepping them both again this year and going with Exodus. How about you? What keeps you from preaching certain texts, or leads to you others? Comments are open for business.