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September 26, 2011, 11:29 AM


It was bound to happen at some time in my life.  And...it happened.  Got burned by technology.  I was, on Friday afternoon, just finishing my sermon at my home computer.  It felt good.  Done early in the day.  Now I had time to make a visit and then head to Christiansburg to a meeting, and then home early to get to bed so that I could get some rest before heading to Busch Gardens with my church family.

All was well and good.  And then.  Well, let's just chalk it up to the process of sanctification, if we really must be spiritual about the whole thing.

I was going to move the sermon file to my church study computer through LogMeIn.com, which enables me to transfer files easily.  I'd done it a few times before, successfully.  But today, somthing went terribly wrong.  The file didn't transfer.  It flashed me a message I hadn't seen before.  "Do you want to overwrite the file?"  Well, I had another version, earlier version, on my study computer.  So I clicked "yes."

Bad move.

When I'd finished, both files had been overwritten.  Now I had nothing.  All that work.



I was dazed.  This isn't happening.  Okay, it happened.

I was in no mood or frame of mind to start over.  I procrastinated.  I'll wait until I get home tonight.  That night, I wanted nothing more than to go to bed.

Tomorrow, on the bus, I'll write it out longhand, then, get up early Sunday morning and type out the sermon once again from the long hand.  Well, I couldn't write it out long hand on the bus.  I do not think I will ever be able to write out things long hand anymore.  Word processing just ruins that discipline.

I'll get up early in the morning, off 3 hours sleep, and reconstruct the sermon.

No.  On the ride home.  I remembered a sermon I preached a long time ago on prayer.  It was a sermon that I'd written when I was candidating for my first call.  It had been distributed to a number of churches -- but I had never preached it at New Hope.

All of the sudden, I had peace that I hadn't had all day.  Suddenly, preaching on prayer just felt like the right thing to do.

I hope Sunday's message was a confirmation of that peace that I felt late Saturday night.

Oh, and by the way, in a sarcastic tribute to our technological age, please do enjoy this video that pokes fun at us techies.  Click here.

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