And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God,
to them who are the called according to his purpose. . Romans 8:28


For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout,
with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God:
and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air:
and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 1 Thessalonians 4:16,17 / KJV
Jesus is our soon coming King
James 5:8 Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh."

Thursday, December 18, 2008

An email worth sharing:

Two Babes in a Manger

In 1994, two Americans answered an invitation from the Russian
Department of Education to teach in Russia. They were invited to
teach at many places including 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. The
two Americans 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, I 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 Maria 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

The little orphan had found Someone who would never abandon nor
abuse him, Someone who would stay with him--FOR ALWAYS.

I've learned that it's not what you have in your life, but who you have
in your life that counts.

1 comment:

Thank you for your comments
they make me SMILE :D
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs3: 5,6

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