It was this Sunday eight years ago when something happened to me that had never happened before. On that Sunday in 2004, for the first time in twenty-one years of ministry, I had to miss a Sunday due to illness. Over the years I’ve preached many a Sunday when I wasn’t feeling up to par, but on that particular Sunday in 2004 things were different—I had lost my voice. What I learned that day was no matter how great the desire may be, if you lose your voice it’s awfully difficult to preach.
The whole ordeal made me realize the significance of the story you and I have to tell and the great privilege we have to tell it. In fact we have the story that is truly the hope of the world, and we’ve been given the opportunity to tell that story with the words we say and the life we live.
The problem is there can be times when we lose our voices. Sometimes we lose our voices without literally losing our voices. Physically we can still talk, but for a variety of reasons we fail to share the only story that matters. And sometimes, if we are not careful, our actions don’t match our words thus silencing our voices. It can happen to all of us. Living a better story makes our voices easier to hear.
We are now just a week away from Palm Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week with our services on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. Make sure and take these opportunities to be in worship and let them be opportunities for you to invite others to come with you. It’s a great time to keep telling the story.
Cliff C. Wright, Jr.