I heard an idea from Peter Rollins that has been eating at me all day.
He said that love letters always find their destination. A love letter isn’t so much written to another person, but to ourselves. When someone else receives a love letter from us, they are actually watching a conversation/a working out that is happening within ourselves. There are love letters that we never give to anyone, because they are not the primary audience.
Sermons, are the same way. At least in my experience. I feel that I am most energized in preaching when I am embodying my message, and not giving presentations from passages of the Bible.
Interesting thing to think about.