The Case of the Missing Jesus — Laura V. Hilton

Today I’m thrilled to welcome author Laura V. Hilton as she shares insights into her novella in Love’s Christmas Blessings. Read through to the end to find out how to enter her giveaway.

So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.” MATTHEW 20:16

We have a Fisher-Price Nativity set that we display every year. It sits in a prominent place in the living room, and my young children are allowed to touch it, play with it, and recreate the story of Jesus’ birth.

This year, we brought up the Nativity set and put the box on the table to unpack it. One by one we took them out of the box and arranged them around the stable. The shepherds, the wisemen, the camel, sheep, a sheep dog, a donkey. Then the Angel who stands in the center of the roof, Mary and Joseph who go inside the stable – and baby Jesus.

Except… Baby Jesus is missing.

I dig though the box, beneath all the paper wrappings and cushioning. No baby Jesus. Then four of my five children are sent to the basement, individually.

Mission: Find baby Jesus

Each return without Jesus.

This. Is. Not. Good.

I decide to give it a few days. Usually, when things go missing they will get wind of the news that they are searched for and appear in a prominent place. One where you will look at it and wonder “How could I not see it there?”

Sunday night, I sat in church while my husband preached about Immanuel. God with us.

My mind went to the manager scene set up in our home where God in the manager is not.

I thought about how a baby is such an insignificant looking person. Small. Helpless. Least of all the family members. Now anyone who has ever had a baby knows that’s not true. The baby rules.

And then I thought about the least of them being the greatest. Matthew 23:11: “The greatest among you will be your servant.” And in Mark 9:38: Jesus… said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.” Jesus came to serve. To seek. To save.

Insignificant? Hardly. He is King. He rules. He is the most important One.

In this case, it was true. A missing baby Jesus is…. Crucial. There is no nativity without Jesus. No Christmas without Jesus. No salvation without Jesus.

No hope without Jesus.

Jesus simply had to be found.

The search for baby Jesus was on. Three of my children went to the basement and searched. They came up with Santa, a sleigh, five reindeer, a panda and most importantly, baby Jesus. So all is right in our Nativity scene again.

And in our world. Jesus is no longer missing.

Is Jesus missing from your life? Can you find Him amidst all the clutter? Or do you need to search for Him and put Him in His rightful place. Right in the center of the celebration?

Laura will be giving away one ebook copy of Love’s Christmas Blessings to one person who comments below. Here’s her question for you:  How do you keep Jesus in the midst of your Christmas celebration?

About Love’s Christmas Blessings

A time for fellowship, family, and love. Enjoy two novellas from beloved Amish authors and fill your heart with the wonder of the Christmas season.

Winter’s Treasure

Paris and Quil have sparks from the beginning, especially since his appearance causes a vicious rivalry between friends. But who can resist when a chance meeting beginning with donuts and coffee ends with a missing person, puppies, a skunk, and a sleigh ride—not to mention a trip the Amish young people plan to Niagara Falls. Could it also involve falling in love?

Mistletoe and Miracles

An exhausted son, Daniel, and a recent widow, Fern, join forces to brighten a grumpy old man’s day and cheer up a shy, displaced little girl. However, things take a serious turn when Fern’s daughter goes missing on a school field trip. With a little help from Daniel, Fern discovers more than just her daughter’s whereabouts. Will four lonely hearts create special bonds to make it a Christmas to remember?

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Love’s Christmas Blessing is book 4 in our Amish Collections

Other books in the series are:

Springs of Love:

Love’ Thankful Heart:

Plain Everyday Heroes:

About Laura:

Laura V. Hilton is an award-winning, sought-after author with over twenty Amish, contemporary, and historical romances. When she’s not writing, she reviews books for her blogs, and writes devotionals for blog posts for Seriously Write.

Laura and her pastor-husband have five children and a hyper dog named Skye. They currently live in Arkansas. One son is in the U.S. Coast Guard. She is a pastor’s wife, and homeschools her two youngest children.

When she’s not writing, Laura enjoys reading, and visiting lighthouses and waterfalls. Her favorite season is winter, her favorite holiday is Christmas.

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9 thoughts on “The Case of the Missing Jesus — Laura V. Hilton

  1. We keep Jesus in Christmas by attending church each Sunday in Advent to prepare for His arrival as the Babe of Bethlehem and then Christmas Eve to celebrate His birth.

  2. We have a nativity set that is glass, so have it up high. Every night I read a chapter of Luke right up to Christmas eve. I have no kids here, they are all in Indiana, but I still read the story of Jesus birth on Christmas Eve. This keep Jesus in my heart during the season. Also saying Merry Christmas..

  3. We keep Jesus in Christmas by the story of his birth. Our family goes to my parents for food/ present exchange/family time on Christmas Eve.
    My Dad or one of my brothers gets out their bible and reads the story of the birth of Christ for the entire family ❤️
    It’s my favorite part of the entire night!

  4. My son gave me a special Nativity light / music box that plays Away in a Manger. I also enjoy the candlelight service at the cemetery where my parents and grandparents are buried.

  5. We keep Christ in Christmas by sharing Jesus love every chance we get. We also have a Nativity set out each year and proclaim always that “Jesus is the Reason for the Season!” Before my husband became homebound due to Muscular Dystrophy, we would do a yearly “Walk Through Bethlehem,” a live Nativity put on by one of our local churches. It has always set our hearts focused on the true meaning of Christmas, as well as others, as we experience the humble beginnings of our beautiful Saviour, laying in a manager and wrapped in swaddling cloths. Merry “Christ”mas to you and a Happy New Year!

  6. We put out our manger scene every year and I open our Bible to Luke Chapter 2. The barn was built by my sister and it means so much to us. Reading about the birth of Jesus to our grandchildren is very special to us. This year my husband and I will be the only ones home for Christmas, so we will read it together. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Jesus is the Reason for the Christmas Season.

  7. I keep Jesus as the center of my Christmas by always displaying the Navitiy sets I have first. Even if no other decorations are put up, the main reason for Christmas is there for myself and visitors to view as the focus for Christmas. I have Luke 2 opened and near the main Navitity set and this year added a sign “Joy to the World”. Another way I want to keep Christ in Christmas is mailing religious Christmas cards and using the religious postage stamp.

    I enjoyed this post and how “Baby Jesus” was discovered which each individual needs to discover the true peace, love, joy and grace He brought to this world. Thank you for sharing, Laura. Have a blessed and Merry Christmas season.

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