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Elijah and the line for Jesus
by Anne Lightwine
12/13/12
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Elijah and the line to see Jesus

Elijah lay in bed quietly. His mother came in to sit on his bed, and they prayed together.
“Mom, is Santa real?” he asked.
“Well, by now you know he isn’t, right?”
Elijah nodded. “What about Jesus? He isn’t made up like Santa is, right?”
“That’s right,” replied his mother. “Jesus came down to earth as a baby to save us from our sins.”
Elijah was quiet. Then he said, “But how do you know he is real? Everyone at my school says he’s not.”
Mom looked sad. “Too many people don’t believe in Him because they don’t learn of Him.”
Elijah fell asleep thinking about that.

He was surrounded by candy. How had he gotten here? Peppermint sticks stuck right out of the ground, and they were huge, not little like the ones on the Christmas tree at home. Pure white snow lay on the ground. He bent over, stuck a finger in the snow, and licked it. It was sweet. He walked on in the sugar snow. Gumdrops, gingerbread houses, and candy canes surrounded him.
Then he heard a voice singing.
A boy about his age appeared.
The boy had beautiful wings on his back that glowed. Elijah ducked behind a gingerbread house, and jumped when the boy spoke.
“Hi. Elijah?”
Elijah peeked around the corner, and the boy was standing right there. He screamed, and fell backward into the soft sugar snow.
The boy laughed, but it was a happy and pleasant sound. He offered his hand to Elijah and pulled him to his feet.
“I’m Daniel.”
“Are you an angel?” Elijah asked.
Daniel nodded. “You are my charge. The Lord wants you to tell everyone about Jesus and about why he was born.”
“What if no one believes me?”
“That will happen. Some believe, some don’t.” Daniel and Elijah were walking side by side now. They entered a deep green forest of pine trees. The pine needles were transparent candy needles, with a sprinkling of sugar snow. Their path opened up into a glade, and the snow disappeared. Elijah gasped. In the middle of the glade stood a nativity scene. Mary and Joseph looked with love at baby Jesus in the manger. Around them were the donkeys, sheep, cats, and birds. In front of the nativity scene was a line of people, of all ages and kinds.
As Elijah stared in wonder, Daniel explained what he was seeing. “The people in front of the nativity are the people in line to see Jesus. They are all those who believe because of your testimony.” He gave Elijah a hug. “Goodbye.”
The sun streaming through the window awoke Elijah, and he jumped up. From that moment on, he told anyone who would listen. Some listened, and some walked away. But those who listened and believed, Elijah knew, were in line to see Jesus.



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