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The Christ-Child Is Missing!
Written by Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes
Boise, Idaho, USA
January 2008

The Christ-Child Is Missing!

Now I would like to ask: Have you seen the Christ-child, in our Temple Church? The Church we all love and the Church that we offer prayer and fellowship. The Christ-child is missing! He is only twelve years old, and He was born in a cave, in the town of Bethlehem. This holy child has tarried behind in Jerusalem, and Joseph and His Mother knew it, as they can't find Him! They have looked everywhere, but to no avail. They sought Him among their friends, and looked among travelers, but they still cannot find the Christ-child!

Have you seen Him? Please help find Him! Jesus was among His kinsfolk or acquaintance, He was not with those who physically where related to Him… Jesus is not in the midst of the crowd of the people… Let us all who are earnestly looking for Him know where to find Him, where do we find Him in the Temple, praying, and talking to the Rabbi, and those who were members of the Temple, learned doctors, and simply asking Him questions. The Mother of God and St. Joseph the Betrothed have found Him, what a spiritual delight! What a joy! The lost Christ-child has been found! Glory to God!

Now we too as struggling loving Christians must realize if we really look hard enough we too can find the Christ-child! How? If we look with love, we will find Him now among the holy prophets that surround us in the Church, the holy saints, and the holy martyrs, as well as the holy angels. Glory to God for everything! Glory honor and worship to our Lord God!

Christ our Lord is in our Midst, actually watching over us all with His love, and blessing each of us, as He see us all, and hears us all! The love of God is endless, His love is bountiful, His wisdom is pure, as well as the truth. We find this in our treasured Holy Scriptures, the teachings of the Holy Fathers, and in the lives of the Mother of God, the prophets, the saints, the martyrs, and the holy angels.

Isn't the best place and the most holiest place for us then to be in the Church praying, and shouldn't we all go to the Church as often as possible to look for the Christ-child, the Savior of the world, and to Glorify Him?

If we look a little hard, and to realize that in our lives we must spiritually struggle, we shall indeed behold Christ the Lord. We can find Him not only with great Christian love, but also with humbleness, and with great loving prayer, as just then we found Him!

Glory be to God the Christ-child has been found!

Peace to your soul!

Humbly in Christ our Lord,

+Very Rev. Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes
Who prays for you and with you!