Take time to read or re-read The Littlest Angel by Charles Tazewell. It’s the story of a young
boy of Jerusalem, who arrived in Heaven at the age of “four years, six months, five days, seven
hours and forty-two minutes.” He had a hard time being as angelic as the other angels in
Heaven. According to this children’s story, each angel was planning a gift for Jesus who was
about to be “born of Mary, of Bethlehem, of Judea.” The Littlest Angel couldn’t match the other
angels with their angelic gifts for the Christ Child.
The Littlest Angel thought about composing a hymn of adoration but he was “woefully wanting
in musical talent.” Then he thought about writing a prayer that would be the first prayer ever to
be heard by Jesus, but he was “lamentably lacking in literate skill.” Finally, he decided upon a
box, containing his treasures that only a small boy would love (a butterfly, a sky-blue egg, two
white stones, a limp, tooth-marked leather strap worn as a collar by his dog). After the fact, the
Littlest Angel decided that his gift had been blasphemous compared to all the beautiful gifts of
the other angels.
According to this story-
“Then, suddenly, The Voice of God, like Divine Music, rose and swelled through Paradise!
And the Voice of God spoke, saying, ‘Of all the gifts of all the angels. I find that this
small box pleases Me most. Its contents are of the Earth and of men, and My Son is born to be
King of both. These are the things My Son, too, will know and love and cherish and then,
regretful, will leave behind Him when His task is done. I accept this gift in the Name of the
Child, Jesus, born of Mary this night in Bethlehem.’”
A story, yes, but a wonderful reminder that Jesus was both human and divine and, therefore,
understood both the pleasures and pains of life on earth as well as the will of His Father and His