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"Crying in a Starbucks."

I have been known to poke fun at preachers that cry in the pulpit. That's not to say that I haven't ever cried in the pulpit, I just try not to make a habit of it. But this last week I became aware of how the sermon writing process can be an emotional one. 
Every Tuesday I go to Starbucks to write my sermon. I find that the change of atmosphere helps me to focus and it allows me a lot of uninterrupted time to write. At the beginning of the year I started a sermon series called "I Believe: Faith Defined by Movement." It is based on Hebrews 11 and the goal is to understand what kind of faith pleases God. Tuesday I sat down to write a sermon based on a passage of scripture that I struggle with deeply, Abraham and Isaac. The next thing I know I was crying in the middle of Starbuck. Tears streaming, I was a mess. It was so bad that I had to leave and finish my emotional outbreak back at the church. Talk about embarrassing. 
The story of Abraham and Isaac has always hurt …