Fairview Baptist Tabernacle
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
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 Archived Pastor's Desk 2017.12.24



December 24 – December 30


Scripture Passage:  “But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.”            Luke 2:19


Dear Friends,


     Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  The day has finally arrived.  All the programs are finished and the gifts bought. Meals are being prepared and times of fellowship scheduled for family and friends.  Families like mine are packing the vehicle as we prepare to travel back home to be with family.  Other families are blowing up air mattresses and making up extra beds for company to have a place to sleep.  There is just something different about the attitude and atmosphere during the Christmas season.  Grumpy old men try to be nice and grouchy old women find nice things to say.  Children play well together and teen-agers have a new found personality.  It is the best time of year, not because of gifts, but because people are on their best behavior.  It seems the “Golden Rule” is being lived out without the sermon which normally accompanies it. 


    In all of my fifty six years of Christmases there are very few gifts that I remember and even fewer that have survived.  I still have my plastic dump truck, my little red wagon, my daddy’s tools and my first guitar.  But the things that I ponder in my heart are my first date with Patty, our wedding day, and the birth of our first child, which all took place in the month of December.  I remember Christmases with my grandparents and even some of my great grandparents.  I think about the time spent with family members who are gone to be with the Lord and the great times we shared around the dinner table and Christmas tree.  My heart misses Patty’s dad, Pat, who always wanted me around and was more like a dad than he ever was a father-in-law.  These are the things that have always made Christmas for me and the things I ponder in my heart. 


     My first memories of Christmas include the reading of the Christmas story from the book of Luke, singing Away in a Manger, and Christmas plays being performed in the little church I grew up in.  We enjoyed the fantasy of Santa Claus, but he never took precedence over the reality of the Christ child.  It is amazing that even today the music plays such an important role in my life.  Christmas without music would be like the Fourth of July without fireworks.  Christmas is a combination of many things, including Hallmark Channel movies, but the main emphasis is in the name Christ – mass.  May the Christ of Christmas fill your hearts with His joy and peace and may you make memories this year that will cause you to ponder them in your heart in the years to come.


In Christ,    Pastor Johnny



Pastor Johnny



Pastor Johnny