Your Twin Brother
Around Christmas time in 1994, two young
missionaries found themselves teaching
to a group of boys and girls who had
abandoned, abused, and left in an orphanage
Many of the kids had never heard of
of Christmas. So these two young missionaries
spoke about Mary and Joseph arriving
and how finding no room in the inn,
went to a stable, where the baby Jesus
born and placed in a manger.
Throughout the story, the children
staff sat in amazement as they listened.
Some sat on the edges of their stools,
to grasp every word. Completing the
they gave the children three small
of cardboard to make a crude manger.
child was given a small paper square,
from some yellow napkins. No colored
was available in the city.
Following instructions, the children
the paper and carefully laid strips
manger for straw. Small squares of
cut from a worn-out nightgown were
the baby's blanket. A doll-like baby
cut from tan felt they had brought
The orphans were busy assembling their
as the missionaries walked among them
see if they needed any help. Here the
continues : "All went well until
to one table where little Misha sat
looked to be about 6 years old and
his project. As I looked at the little
manger, I was startled to see not one,
two babies in the manger. Quickly,
for the translator to ask the lad why
were two babies in the manger. Crossing
arms in front of him and looking at
completed manger scene, the child began
repeat the story very seriously.
" For such a young boy, who had
heard the Christmas story once, he
the happenings accurately - until he
to the part where Mary put the baby
in the manger. Then Misha made up his
ending to the story as he said, 'And
Maria laid the baby in the manger,
looked at me and asked me if I had
to stay. I told him I have no mamma
have no papa, so I don't have any place
stay. Then Jesus told me I could stay
him. But I told him I couldn't, because
didn't have a gift to give him like
else did. But I wanted to stay with
so much, so I thought about what I
maybe, I could use for a gift. I thought
maybe if I kept him warm, that would
So I asked Jesus, "If I keep you
will that be a good enough gift?"
And Jesus told me, "If you keep
that will be the best gift anybody
me." "So I got into the manger,
and then Jesus looked at me and he
I could stay with him---for always."
As little Misha finished his story,
brimmed full of tears that splashed
his little cheeks. Putting his hand
his face, his head dropped to the table
his shoulders shook as he sobbed and
At last, the little orphan had found
who would never abandon nor abuse him,
who would stay with him - FOR ALWAYS."
Many times in life we have been betrayed.
Many times in life we have been abused,
God became man so that we may find
who will NEVER mistreat us, will never
us. Someone who will be with us for
His name is Jesus.
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