Proverbs kept his promise and came to Jack, Sally, and David’s school Christmas play. He came early enough to get a seat in the very front row. Proverbs could hear the excited children behind the curtain and their last-minute instructions.
Then the curtain opened and the play began. An Angel had come to tell Mary she was going to have a child. The next part showed Mary and Joseph traveling on a donkey to Jerusalem. They soon found out there was nowhere to sleep, but an Innkeeper told them they could stay in his barn. Now, in the far corner of the stage a bright light came on and you saw shepherds watching their sheep. And an Angel appeared to the shepherds to announce the good news! This was Proverbs favorite part!
“Do not be afraid, I bring you good news of great joy. It is for all of the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you. He is Christ the Lord. Here is how you will know that I am telling you the truth. You will find a baby wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in a manger.”
Then out from behind the curtain came the patter of little angel feet and the stage was flooded with angels and tinsel halos. They said…
“May glory be given to God in the highest heaven! And may peace be given to those He is pleased with on earth!”
“Amen,” Proverbs said to himself.
The bright light went off and another one came on in the opposite corner of the stage. Proverbs could see Mary, Joseph and the manger with baby Jesus. The animals were all around watching this miracle of miracles, even the cow was there. Everything had gone so smoothly, with no one forgetting their words they had to say and standing at the right places on the stage. Well, until the Wise Men came onto the stage. One of the Wise Men accidentally kicked the manger where baby Jesus lay, or actually a baby doll. As the manger started to tip over and spill everything onto the stage, a smart cow stuck his hoof under it!
“Whew, that was close. ” Proverbs thought to himself.
Proverbs silently gave David the thumbs up sign and a very big smile. If David had not been paying attention, instead of a very serious moment in the play, it could have become a very silly moment. So, David had taken Proverbs advice on how important every role or job is, even if it appears to be unimportant. Being the cow and paying attention was very important tonight!
After the play ended, Proverbs went and gave each one a big hug. Along with a speech on how proud he was of them.
Sally grinned and said, “I tried to be the twinkliest star in the sky, for baby Jesus!”. She went on, “Boy, David sure saved the day.”
“Yeah,” Jack said seriously, “It would have been terrible if baby Jesus went rolling off the stage into the audience.”
David was looking down and digging his tennis shoe toe into the floor.
“I was lucky,” he said.
“No,” Proverbs lifted David’s chin up and replied, “You were doing your best and because of that, you saved the day!”
Proverbs noticed David’s face turning a little red and did not want to praise him too much. It was a good deed, that was well done.
“Guess what I brought for everyone to have in the school’s cafeteria?’ Proverbs asked.
“Your shortbread cookies and hot chocolate?” Sally asked.
“Yes!” Proverbs answered. And he put his big panda arms around the children as they walked into the cafeteria.
I Corinthians 10:31 “So eat and drink and do everything else for the glory of God.”