Monday, December 12, 2011

How Far is it to Bethlehem?

This past Sunday night was a great night at Bethabra.  Ms. Carolyn, after working TIRELESSLY all semester with the children, led them in a fantastic musical this past Sunday evening.  I am amazed at the talent God has placed in our church and pray He will continue to bring MORE and MORE!!!  James played Jesus when the Wise Men came to visit - and Landon and I played Mary and Joseph.  We had NO speaking parts (well, Landon did speak at the end, but that was because he was the pastor, not "Joseph").  Here's James eating his pre-musical dinner of a pbj sandwich and cheetos.

Ms. Carolyn's sweet family was there that night - her daughter Kendra (below) and sweet McKenna (not sure if I'm spelling that right!!!!), and Caroline :)
Don't the kids look GREAT??
James did a great job on his part.  The funniest thing about him is how much he talked backstage.  I mean, it was a super strange environment for him to be taken outside with a dress on a weird gold belt in the cold around to the back of the baptistry where we entered in the dark and stood as quietly as possible until it was our turn to go on stage.  James kept yelling "Da da" "Da da" over and over.  I told him to whisper and since we read an Elmo book that talks about whispering he actually then whispered "Da da" a few times before he went back to yelling it.  The most interesting part was when the entire cast came back on stage at the end while Landon was giving a serious talk to the guests - James was yelling "ball" and "Bi" (for Britleigh - who was taking pictures for us :)...I let him get the ball, but once I thought he was going to throw it at Landon, who was speaking SERIOUSLY, I just had to exit the stage with him...
 It's hard for me to imagine how Mary must have felt being Jesus' mom - not knowing exactly how it would all play out, but knowing that Jesus was not here for grow up and be a regular child...I would have been afraid, and honored, and maybe resentful that I was the one who had to sacrifice my child.  Christmas is such a special season.  We've been playing with our nativity and talking about da mama Mary, da da da Joseph, and da bay Jesus :) 
 Luke 2:13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

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