This is an awesome story

Discussion in 'Spirituality/Worship' started by sweetiepie, Feb 3, 2003.

  1. sweetiepie

    sweetiepie New Member

    "Two Babies in a Manger" [Author Unknown]

    In 1994, two Americans answered an invitation from the Russian
    Department of Education to teach morals and ethics (based on
    biblical principles) in the public schools. They were invited
    to
    teach at prisons, businesses, the fire and police departments
    and
    a large orphanage. About 100 boys and girls who had been
    abandoned,
    abused, and left in the care of a government-run program were
    in the
    orphanage. They relate the following story in their own words:

    It was nearing the holiday season, 1994, time for our orphans
    to
    hear, for the first time, the traditional story of Christmas.
    We told them about Mary and Joseph arriving in Bethlehem. Finding
    no room in the inn, the couple went to a stable, where the baby
    Jesus was born and placed in a manger. Throughout the story, the
    children and orphanage staff sat in amazement as they listened. Some
    sat on the edges of their stools, trying to grasp every word.
    Completing the story, we gave the children three small pieces
    of
    cardboard to make a crude manger. Each child was given a small
    paper square, cut from yellow napkins I had brought with me. No
    colored paper was available in the city. Following
    instructions,
    the children tore the paper and carefully laid strips in the
    manger for straw. Small squares of flannel [cut from a worn-out
    nightgown an American lady was throwing away as she left Russia], were
    used for the baby's blanket. A doll-like baby was cut from tan felt
    we had brought from the United States.

    The orphans were busy assembling their manger as I walked among
    them to see if they needed any help. All went well until I got
    to
    one table where little Misha sat. He looked to be about
    6-years-old and
    had finished his project. As I looked at the little boy's
    manger, was startled to see not one, but two babies in the manger.

    Quickly, I called for the translator to ask the lad why there
    were
    two babies in the manger. Crossing his arms in front of him and
    looking at this completed manger scene, the child began to
    repeat
    the story very seriously. For such a young boy, who had only
    heard
    the Christmas story once, he related the happenings accurately
    --
    until he came to the part where Mary put the baby Jesus in the
    manger. Then Misha started to ad-lib.

    He made up his own ending to the story as he said, "And when
    Mary laid the baby in the manger, Jesus looked at me and asked
    me
    if I had a place to stay. I told him I have no mamma and I have
    no papa, so I don't have any place to stay. Then Jesus told me
    I
    could stay with Him. But I told him I couldn't, because I
    didn't
    have a gift to give Him like everybody else did. But I wanted
    to
    stay with Jesus so much, so I thought about what I had that
    maybe
    I could use for a gift. I thought maybe if I kept Him warm,
    that
    would be a good gift.

    "So I asked Jesus, 'If I keep You warm, will that be a good
    enough gift? 'And Jesus told me, 'If you keep Me warm, that
    will
    be the best gift anybody ever gave Me.' So I got into the
    manger,
    and then Jesus looked at me and He told me I could stay with
    Him
    -- for always."

    As little Misha finished his story, his eyes brimmed full of
    tears that splashed down his little cheeks. Putting his hand
    over
    his face, his head dropped to the table and his shoulders shook
    as
    he sobbed and sobbed. The little orphan had found Someone who
    would never abandon nor abuse him, Someone who would stay with
    him
    -- for always!

    And the Americans? They had learned the lesson they had come
    there
    to teach -- that it is not what you have in your life, but
    Who you
    have in your life that really counts. We all should give
    thanks for the people
    that "keep us warm" in life; and for all of God's many
    blessings to us:
    freedom from want, life, love, togetherness, and for the
    enduring love of Jesus
    Christ, the one person who keeps us warm and safe for always.


    "And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in
    glory in Christ Jesus. Now to our God and Father be the glory
    forever and ever. Amen." Philippians 4:19-20 [NASB]


    God bless, Deena
  2. selma

    selma New Member

    What a teacher Misha is. God's love for him always. And Misha's warmth and love always for Him.
    God Bless You, Selma
  3. Revella

    Revella New Member

    by this precious story. Too bad that we as Christians sometimes remember that Jesus is always "in the cradle" with us. Wonderful reminders come from small children. Thanks for sharing this, I really needed it today.
    Revella