The following incident took place in an orphanage in Russia, where young children are cared for, abandoned and abused.
On Christmas Eve, a professor went to the orphanage, in order to talk to the children about this great celebration. Most of them were hearing for the first time about Christ and His birth. A six year old boy, Misha, listened very carefully the words of the professor.Subsequently, the children were given materials to make the cave, the manger and everything else in relation to His birth.While the professor was observing the children’s handcrafts, he noticed something that he made an impression to him: Misha had placed inside the manger two babies.
– One is the Christ, the professor said. Who is the other child in the cradle?
Then, little Misha started telling him the story of the Nativity of Christ he had just heard by the professor, adding, however, something of his own. When he got to the point where Virgin Mary put the baby in the manger, Misha continued with these words:
“Then, little Christ turned, looked at me and asked if I had a place to stay. I told him that I have neither a mother nor a father, nor anywhere to stay. Then Jesus told me to stay with him. I then thought that I had no gift to give him, like the others. How would he keep me beside him?
The only gift I could offer was to keep him warm. That’s why I asked him:
– If I keep you warm, is this a good enough gift for you?
And Jesus replied:
– If you keep me warm, that will be the best gift I have ever been given by anyone.
So I got into the small cot, and then Jesus turned, looked at me and told me that I could stay with Him forever.”
When little Misha finished his story, his eyes were full of tears that were running rampant on his cheeks. He leaned over the table, covered his face with his hands and cried.
The little orphan had, at last, found someone who would never leave him, who would not abuse him. Someone who would tell him to stay with him forever.
Source: Misha’s gift, p. 57-59, p. 241-242 , Magazine “By the lake”, Monthly publication of Paralimni St. Demetrios Church, period b, year 18, No. 12, December 2008
”…unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3
Please Jesus Christ, have in your crib all the orphans of the world!
We ourselves build either heaven or hell in our own hearts out of the momentary circumstances we are given, and the warmth of the human heart is able to transform any situation, even to make a cave in Bethlehem the most beautiful palace and birthplace of the King of kings.
Serbian Patriarch PAVLE
It is amazing how God humbles Himself before us. He loves us with a tender love, not haughtily, not with condescension. And when we open our hearts to Him we are overwhelmed by the conviction that He is indeed our Father. The soul then worships in love.
It is no simple matter to preserve inspiration while surrounded by the icy waters of the world that does not pray. Christ cast the Divine Fire on earth, and we pray Him so to fire our hearts that we may not be overcome even by cosmic cold, that no black cloud blot out the bright flame.
Nativity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
Apolytikion: (Fourth Tone)
Your birth, O Christ our God, dawned the light of knowledge upon the earth. For by Your birth those who adored stars, were taught by a star, to worship You, the Sun of Justice and to know You, Orient from on High. O Lord, glory to You.