Of all the holidays,
Susan Michelle Michaels,
age 4, of
Wisconsin, liked Christmas the best.
Daddy, Grandpa and Grandma exchanged presents with
Susan and told Christmas stories about the
birth of Jesus in Bethlehem.
The star on top of the Christmas tree
of the one that guided the three
Wise Men to the Christ Child.
Gazing at the manger scene near the
thought about following
the star with the three Wise Men. Suddenly, a voice called
come with us and follow the star!" said one of the Wise Men. "You may ride
with our caravan on this little donkey."
quickly dressed in traveling clothes and joined the caravan. After riding a
long way, they arrived in Jerusalem. King Herod commanded his servants to
bring them to the palace.
The Wise Men told Herod they were
following the bright star to find Baby Jesus.
The king said, "When you find the
Child, return and tell me where He lives so I may also worship him."
Mommy, Daddy, Grandpa and Grandma
saying that Herod was afraid Jesus would one day be king, and that Herod
really planned to destroy Baby Jesus.
"I must tell the Wise Men about what
Herod intends to do,"
After the caravan left the palace,
she explained Herod's evil plan to the Wise
"That scoundrel!" In that case we
won't tell anyone where to find the Child," said one Wise Man.
"Jesus will be safe, thanks to
Susan," said another.
The caravan continued its long
journey. The bright star guided the travelers like a beacon of light.
Grandpa and Grandma would enjoy this wonderful journey," thought
Finally, the bright ray of light
pointed to the small town of Bethlehem. Sheep, horses and cows silently
welcomed the caravan.
Joseph opened the door and invited the
You have journeyed from a distant land," said Joseph.
The Wise Men entered and bowed low
before Mary and Baby Jesus. They presented costly gifts of gold,
frankincense and myrrh.
crept close to Jesus and His mother, Mary.
Jesus was making little baby sounds
while his mother hummed a lullaby.
Daddy, Grandpa and Grandma were here to feel God's love,"
Mary smiled at
and said, "You can always feel God's love if you keep Him close
to your heart."
The glow of light around the Holy
Family became soft and Golden. Jesus slept soundly in his mother's arms.
also felt sleepy.
Finally, a Wise Man gently lifted
onto the little donkey that waited in the
Bethlehem night. She quickly fell to sleep
during the long ride home.
The Wise Man whispered, "Farewell
child. We have brought you home to
could see that the manger scene near the Christmas tree had changed.
The three Wise Men had presented their
costly gifts, and the little donkey stood nearby. But Baby Jesus was no
longer just lying in the manager.
held Jesus close to her heart.