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Carry Me – a Different Christmas Short Story

Sean is a teacher who is writing about his spiritual adventures to help other people find balance and self-respect.

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My burden is heavy, and I am exhausted. Though I am very proud of my load, my legs are trembling, and every muscle of my body is aching, burning. I am afraid that any moment now I am going to flop. But I have to stand, they need me strong. Now more than ever.

After crossing the desert, we are almost two hours now in this town, searching for a shelter. Master Joseph has nearly knocked on the door of every house, but in vain. It's late at night now. A strange light in the sky gives a beautiful colour to all things around. I feel like this light, in a magic way, fills me with extra strength. Like if without its help I would have collapsed already.

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We have reached the edge of the town. This one is maybe the only house that has left. Our last hope. I see master Joseph standing in the doorway. My heart is beating crazily. I pray within, "please Mother of all things, help us"! Lady Mary is calm, though I know that she is in pain. I turn my head, and I see that she has her eyes closed. I feel that she is praying too.

A man opens the door. Master Joseph is pointing towards us, trying to explain our situation. The other man is staring us. He says something to Joseph, and now the master is walking briskly back to us. He is smiling! Thank you, Mother, our suffering ends.

We are following the good man. He is guiding us to a place outside the town. I gather all my remaining strength, trying to make my trembling legs keep walking. I know we are close now, in a strange way, I feel it.

The man stops in front of the entrance of a cave. He speaks to a man who was standing there and then tells to master Joseph "stay the night". Master bows to the good man while is saying words of gratitude. He is trying to give him some money, but the man says a strict "no" and leaves.

The other man and master Joseph help lady Mary to go in the cave. After a while, he comes back to me. He gives me a big hug and says:

"We've made it, my boy! Thank you for your courage!"

I am happy, and I show it to him, in my way. He takes the rest of my load and goes into the cave again. Oh, Mother, I am relieved now! I feel like a feather. I can rest.

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I close my eyes and I instantly fall asleep. A sweet dream of my own mother makes my heart flutter. I haven't seen her, it seems to me, for ages. I run to her, and she runs to me.

"Oh, mother, how happy I am to see you again!"

"I am happy too, my dear boy, and I am so proud of you. All your ancestors are proud of your noble mission. Love has chosen you to serve her Son!"

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The cry of a baby awakes me. He is here! A glorious light emerges from the cave! I think I hear magnificent music coming down from the sky! The cry stops and the light becomes brighter. I pray! I pray words of gratitude to Mother Love, who sent Her Son to us.

I see master Joseph coming to me. He caresses my head and whispers:

"Come, He wants to see you."

My legs are trembling again, but now, not because of tiredness! I follow the master, and we enter into the cave.

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He is here, before my wondering eyes. He lies in a manger! The King is lying in a manger, surrounded by a cow, an ox, three sheep and a goat! They are warming Him with their breath. Lady Mary is resting beside Him. She is obviously exhausted, but she is glowing the same glorious light.

I kneel beside Him. He stretches His hand and touches my forehead. I hear His voice in my head and in my heart. He says:

"Thank you! I am grateful for your help. Without you, we wouldn't make it. But I still need your help. I ask you to carry me to Egypt and save my life. It will be a hard and dangerous trip. Will you do it for me?"

I can't believe what I am hearing! Without hesitation, I answer:

"You are grateful to me, my Lord! No, no! I am grateful to you! You have come to bring Love to the human heart again. Humans have been lost in the shadows, and you came to spread the Light, to bring balance to this troubled planet. Your sacrifice is going to save us all. Of course, I will carry you, wherever you need, even to the edge of the Earth. I am ready to give my life for you if I have to!"

He smiles at me, and His following words sound like the most divine music in my head and in my heart:

"You carried me, on my first journey, and you are ready to give your life for me; I know you are. I thank your noble Heart, and I have a small gift for you. I want you to know this. Thirty-three years from now, your son will carry me on my last journey to Jerusalem."

My mind is overwhelmed by a scene. The King of Love triumphantly enters Jerusalem riding on my son's back. At the same time, the crowd lay their clothes on the ground to welcome Him, singing "Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord".

This very moment of this magical night I am the happiest donkey has ever walked on Earth!

No matter how many trees we decorate, how many tables we fill with all kind of foods, how many gifts we exchange, how many wishes we say, we will never live real Christmas until we prepare a place within us for the baby Christ!

— Sean Dragon

A Thanksgiving and a Humble Offering to All the Animals of the World

This story is a thanksgiving and a humble offering to all the animals of the world. An appreciation of their purity which balances human ignorance! I bow before your noble Hearts, my dear brothers and sisters of the animal kingdom!

Merry Christmas to us all! Love like there is no tomorrow!

© 2019 Ioannis Arvanitis

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