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FTP: Don't drop the baby

Bill Hancock
Runnels County Register

Where did Christmas go? We have been hearing Christmas carols for over three months now and all of a sudden it is New Year’s Eve.  I have to say my Christmas spirit went south about the Friday after Thanksgiving. Seriously, the saturation of Christmas ads on television and Christmas music being blared at every store made the holiday slightly diluted.

My favorite event of all the holiday activities is the Christmas Eve services at my church, or any church for that matter. It is the essence of the season. We had a full church on Christmas Eve and to top it off we had the blessing of baptizing an infant. That is what Christmas is about. A child who was born in Bethlehem. That is what we are celebrating on Christmas day. The birth of a child named Jesus. That brings it home to me.

Since the kids and the grandkids have gotten older some of the magic of Christmas is gone. Sad, but true. Holding that infant at the baptismal font on Christmas Eve touched my heart. I was reminded of words from a professor at SMU. These words about Baptism were drummed into our heads. I thought of these four words as I took the infant from her mother’s arms. I thought of “don’t drop the baby” and immediately held little Braylee extra close. This sounds as if it should be understood, but a little reminder keeps the skills sharp. All went well and we were blessed with a new member of our church. Channel change.

Now we have all agreed Christmas has earned it’s stripes. Let’s put the decorations back into the closet for ten more months. Please leave out the Christmas spirit, though, and ration it for the rest of the year. We need all the help we can get.

The new year is upon us and I don’t think we have ever anticipated anything so much. This new year has some heavy expectations being placed upon it. I hope 2021 can handle the pressure. Hey 2021, don’t drop the baby. We need to nurture this new year and make it all He intends it to be.

Please keep praying for rain. We are hurting. Happy New Year and don’t drop the “infant new year”. Be Well, Gary K.

Gary Karschner is the pastor at Miles First United Methodist Church