For Little Friends

By Rebecca Todd

Christmas Star

I wanted to be Mary in the Christmas program, Mommy,” Elizabeth said. “But Julie gets to be Mary, and I’m only the star.”

Mom smiled down at Elizabeth as they walked home from church. “Well, dear, Julie is six, and you are only four.”

The edges of Elizabeth’s mouth pulled down into a frown. “But Julie gets to wear a pretty blue blanket on her head and hold a real baby!”

“Mary was a very brave and good woman,” Mom said. “I can see why you would want to be her in the program. But I think you have the perfect part for you.”

“The star?”

“Yes. You see, whenever anything happens, you are the first to tell everyone. Just yesterday you ran in and told me that Mr. Allen had fallen on his steps. And because you did, I was able to go over and help him into his house.”

Elizabeth felt happy she had told her mom. “But how is that like the Christmas star?”

“Well, many of the people in Bethlehem did not know that Jesus Christ had been born. The beautiful star sparkling in the sky told the whole world of the Savior’s birth.”

“And the Wise Men saw it too!”

“That’s right. And even the people in the Book of Mormon who lived far away saw the star.”

“Wow! The whole world saw the star shining!”

Mom smiled at Elizabeth’s glowing face. “See, you do have an important part next Sunday. What greater message is there than the message of the Savior’s birth?”

Elizabeth walked quietly, thinking for a while. Then she said, “Mommy, I’m going to smile so big! Everyone will see that I’m the Christmas star and know I’m happy because Jesus Christ was born.”

[illustration] Illustrated by Shauna Mooney Kawasaki