Master, speak! thy servant heareth
In some ways, preaching is hard these days. After thirty-nine years, I've said everything I went into the ministry to say. I've worked out all the ideas that I needed to work out. I've been up and down and all through the Bible. So, saying it all again is a bit of a chore.
But of course, just because I've said it all before doesn't mean that the person sitting in the pew, young or old, has heard it all before. Some have never yet heard it; some need to hear it again. And that's the job. Say it again. Say it until they get it. Don't stop saying it.
I'm finding that it takes extra thought, extra attention these days to preach the gospel. I have to work at it. And I have to filter out so much I've said over all these years in order to know what to say next. The world I started out in is gone, and this world is dealing with different things. The same truth holds, but the issues have changed. I can't just repeat myself. It's hard work. But I think I'm doing some of my best preaching these days.
God has not left us to fend for ourselves. He is still leading us, still leading me. And that's exciting.