Make Ready a People

Make Ready a People

One of my mentors in ministry was a baby whisperer. John Fuhrmeister loved babies, and they loved him in return. John had a distinctive way of handling babies. He would jostle them around lightly in his arms, turning them so that he could look fully into their faces and then commune with them. If they were happy and cooing when he got them, they relaxed into concentrated bliss in his arms. If was handed a screaming mass of fury, in his hands, they settled and became composed. The first time John attempted to pass me a newly baptized infant, you would have thought someone had asked me to accept a hand grenade that had the pin pulled out. I suspect I recoiled. I could count on one hand the number of babies I had held until that day. Babies seemed outrageously fragile and demanding creatures. I didn’t even know how to put my arms in place to hold a wobbly head and expected that at any moment a baby could leap out of my untutored grasp. But, under John’s tutelage, I held that infant child and – as we are – I was transfixed with awe. I looked into that tiny face and wondered “Who will this child be?” To look into the newly forming expression of an infant and to hold their little bodies seems to be the very definition of hope. Look into the faces of mothers and fathers as they look into the face of their newborn infant and you see people filled with hope. Hope and fear. Fear of what might go wrong, what might...
PJ’s Sunday Blessing

PJ’s Sunday Blessing

Name(required) Email(required) Website Message It is a beautiful morning in Fishers, Indiana today as we prepare to worship our loving God. Today we share the old family story about our how ancestor Mary found out that she was expecting! Expecting.., what are your expectations for Christmas? I love the ad where the man receives a brand new Lexus SUV on Christmas morning, and I love the FB post that says “All I want for Christmas is for my family and friends to be happy and healthy.” I’m sure not many of us are going to find a new Lexus SUV under the tree, and, unfortunately, all our family and friends will not be happy and healthy on Christmas either; some will be recovering from surgery or facing surgery, some still reeling from losing a family member, others even may be lonely – (They need our love and prayers and our presence) (Note that is spelled PRESENCE!.) We need to have realistic expectations as we wait and wait, as Mary did during those long nine months so many years ago. She was not disappointed and we don’t want to be disappointed either. Pray for all. See you in church, PJ. Name(required) Email(required) Website Message Name(required) Email(required) Website...