Monday, April 19, 2010

Small Treasures

I baptized one of our babies at church yesterday. I must be getting better about holding babies or this one was pretty calm—she didn’t cry at all. Anyway, she let me hold her and I walked her up and down the aisle so everyone could smile and wave at her.

It’s only the beginning of the week, but I can’t imagine anything topping that moment.

There’s something good about holding a young life in your hands. She was a beautiful, powerful, fragile, transforming treasure.

Babies make us better people. They inspire us to try harder and give more. We remember that we are grown ups with responsibilities and as such, we are supposed to give care, not demand it.

For the babies, we put aside our selfish woes. They make us lighten up. As I made the tour with this child, people forgot that they were supposed to be quiet in church. Instead, they leaned forward with their smiley faces, waved, and said high pitched silly things.

We remember our own children who could be grown (heck they might be old)--but they were once our babies, and really, they still are.

I held this treasure in my arms. I felt her fingers rub the hair on my face. And I took in the restoring power of the baby.

Blowing Bubbles


I have to confess I’ve been in a gloomy state for a few days. I’m tired of this weather. Everyone in my house is sick, and now I’m coming down with this creeping crud that everybody else has—so of course it’s hard to get any sympathy around here.


I came to work this morning snorting and blowing and grumbling.


Then I heard the preschool children playing in the gym area—the weather’s too crummy to go outside. The teachers had the bubble machine going—like they used to use on Lawrence Welk? And the children were running about chasing bubbles and laughing. Some reached out to pop them. Some liked to look closely to see the pretty colors. Others wanted to stand of them and just watch them float.


I’ve been told I need a hobby—something unrelated to work—something fun.  But everything I enjoy I incorporate into the job: writing, music, speaking… eating jelly doughnuts.  It’s important for all us to have a break, but like many of you, I have a hard time doing that.


However, the bubbles looked fun.  I stood with the kids and let the bubbles cascade slowly down around me. The kids and I discussed the matter: “I like bubbles!” “Me too!” “Try to pop some of them.”


I thought about how fun blowing bubbles used to be, how I used to have nothing more on my mind than watch a clear sphere float in the air. 


And I felt a lot better. 


Are the cares of the world getting you down? We have a lot of them these days. But we shouldn’t let them steal our joy. Maybe you need to go blow some bubbles.