Baby Jesus Stolen From TAMU Chapel is Returned

By: Shane McAuliffe Email
By: Shane McAuliffe Email

For 30 years John Ellison has been coming to the All Faiths Chapel at Texas A&M.

He calls it his home away from home. He regularly comes to the chapel, sits in the same seat he first sat in all those years ago and prays.

"I do remember that day, sitting right here and being called to this community," said Ellison.

For the past few years, John answered a calling and brought his family nativity set to the church for the Christmas season.

"Just its beauty, my goodness. Look at the detail. It was the most beautiful nativity scene I've ever seen," said Ellison.

But this year, something went missing.

"I thought it was uncanny that somebody would come into a church and steal," said Ellison, trying not to laugh. "It's not comical in the least but it almost is because it's so absurd, that somebody would come into the church and steal the baby Jesus."

With Christ taken out of his Christmas nativity, John prayed for a the best in the hope that the baby Jesus would be returned. That's when the Christmas miracle happened.

"When I got here, there it sat. They little figurine of Jesus," said Ellison, pointing to the front door of the chapel.

The day after Christmas, the figurine of baby Jesus was returned unharmed and that has John wanting to reach out to whomever took it.

"I harbor no animosity and I'm not going to turn him into authorities but I would love to talk to him and see what was going through their minds. What motivated them to bring it back," said Ellison.

And his biggest message of all to the wise man who brought back the baby-Love.

"I do want to tell you that God loves. I think that is the most important thing for you to know at this point. God loves you," said Ellison.

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