The infamous little red wagon has stirred up more stories than nearly any other childhood toy. And, it’s not just a toy, or even considered a toy by a child. It is more a tool, their primary mode of transporting goods.
Depending on the gender of the child, the items carried in the red wagon will vary, anything from a harvest of applies or a pile of rocks to captured creatures to a little brother or sister.
Today’s Christmas story reveals the heart of a child, so tender and playful. It goes like this:
It was the day after Christmas at St. Peter and St. Paul’s church in Borden, Kent, England. Father John, the vicar, was looking at the nativity scene outside when he noticed the baby Jesus was missing from the figures.
Immediately, Father John’s thoughts turned to calling in the local policeman but as he was about to do so, he saw little Nathan with a red wagon, and in the wagon was the figure of the little infant, Jesus.
Father John approached Nathan and asked him, ‘Well, Nathan, where did you get the little infant?’
Nathan looked up, smiled and replied, ‘I took him from the church.’
‘And why did you take him?’
With a sheepish grin, Nathan said, ‘Well, Father John, about a week before Christmas I prayed to Lord Jesus. I told him if he would bring me a red wagon for Christmas, I would give him a ride around the block in it.’
A little boy just keeping his promise. 🙂