Baptism with Water Moccasin.
And the Lord said to Satan, "From where do you come? " So Satan answered the Lord and said, "From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it."
--The Book of Job
His bulk amazed us, the way he's maneuvered his folds onto a switch of elm directly above the baptizing hole. after all, Cedar Creek offered numerous spots for a snake to wile away a Sunday, but only one fit to baptize in. Not even the brilliance of proselytes, a rite of sheets fluttering about them in the early morning breeze, had moved him. Not the most floral, feathered, tasseled of hats, nor the highest notes of a Doctor Watt being held till the last thread of their power-- nothing made him so much as shift that plated lozenge of head, shovel through the chilly fork of his tongue to even feel us out. It was as if he already knew what was going on, as if he had been returning for ages to blaspheme the Creek. While the deacons crawfished into place, one could scan the bank of faces, almost hear people calling up Scriptures, favorite prophets to deliver us. The sister in the blue crepe de Chine sees Joseph released from Potiphar's prison, and the old man there with Stetson still on is remembering Daniel in the lion's den. Over there Jonah is being spat up ... Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. Everywhere shields were rising, going forth against the tree. A few boys with the story of David and Goliath burning their hearts, gathered stones to make war, aimed to chuck the devil down into the cloudy waters below, but Pastor Gamble, an old hand at this sort of thing, cautioned "Leave him be, chillun. Long as he up there, we knows where he at."
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|Date:||Mar 22, 2019|
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