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The Christmas Baby
SHE WAS a firefighter’s firefighter. Maggie was one of the best. She was incredibly fit, and she handled every challenge with skill and dedication. No matter what the ...

Reverend Wayne Detzler, PhD, Chaplain (Retired) – Charlotte, NC, Fire Department; Fellowship of Christian Firefighters Regional Director

THE CHRISTMAS BABY

Joy for life on the edge

SHE WAS a firefighter’s firefighter. Maggie was one of the best. She was incredibly fit, and she handled every challenge with skill and dedication. No matter what the emergency, Maggie was always in the middle of it bringing aid and comfort to people in need. Maggie’s husband was a firefighter, too. So, we all watched with eager anticipation as they expected their first child.

As usual I made the rounds of all the fire stations on Christmas morning. Each year we went to the local chocolate factory and bought a special box of candy, one for each of the crews. It was a special treat, and it gave me a chance to chat with the guys and gals who were on duty Christmas Day.

“Then little children were brought to Jesus.” (Matthew 19:13)

About halfway through my rounds, the pager interrupted. When I called the dispatcher, he sent me straight to the hospital. Maggie’s baby had arrived; a wonderful, healthy little one was God’s Christmas gift to Maggie and her husband.

As chaplain, I had tried to minister to Maggie throughout the years in many complex situations, but now ministry was so simple. Together we thanked the Lord for this wonderful Christmas gift. I led in a prayer of gratitude, and the little hospital room seemed to glow with God’s presence. Maggie and her husband joined with us in prayer. It’s amazing how a quiet little one can soften the toughest of us.

Our jobs in the fire service are often heart-wrenching. We see the worst of nature, and we also see the worst of human nature. But a little one reminds us that the Lord is always making “all things new” (Revelation 21:5 KJV). He is always bringing new little ones into our world. As the birth of Jesus defines our Christmas, so Maggie’s baby defined Christmas for that Connecticut fire department.

From time immemorial, God has sent wonderful reminders of his grace and love in the form of a baby. Little ones are so unspoiled by the world. As they are totally dependent on parents, so we are utterly dependent on the Lord. What a wonderful picture of God’s good grace!

Prayer:

Lord, I thank you for the little ones you have committed to our love and care. May they see you in me.


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