The Best Gift
An American couple worked with orphans in Russia, sharing with them the story of Christmas. Many of the children were hearing it for the first time. After they finished, the couple gave the children a craft to make their own manger with the baby Jesus. They walked among the children, offering help and praise.
They came to one little boy named Misha. They were startled to see that there were two babies in the manger and asked him about it. Solemnly, he retold them the Christmas story, but when he got to Mary putting Jesus in the manger, he ad libbed.
“Jesus looked at me and asked me if I had a place to stay. I told him I have no momma or poppa and no place to stay. Jesus said I could stay with him, but I told him no because I have no gift for him. But I wanted to stay so much that I asked, ‘If I keep you warm, will that be a good gift?’ And he said, ‘That would be the best gift.’ So I got in the manger with him and Jesus said I could stay with him always.”
Misha reminds us that we received the best gift on Christmas – Jesus. On this Christmas Day, spend some time with Jesus who invites us to abide in his love always.
Rev. Dr. Allison Byerley is the Senior Pastor of First United Methodist Church in Hawkins, TX.
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