by Bill Lovell
In the multiage Sunday school class for Golden Triangle children, I had put out some cloth and stuffed animal sheep for the children to act out the nativity story. The children put together their costumes and chose whether they wanted to be Mary, Joseph, shepherds, angels, innkeeper, or audience. Qua Nyah and Aye Win, GT teens, translated since Vicky Bob was sick. Three Belmont adults, two teens, and I assisted when asked.
Mary was visited by one angel and told not to be afraid. Mary and Joseph went on their journey to Bethlehem out one door and in the other. The innkeeper gestured no room. Mary and Joseph sat in the stable with baby Jesus. Mary was beautiful and Joseph tall. I loved when the long row of angels, each dressed as they saw angels, faced a long row of shepherds, and told them not to be afraid. In addition, I felt awe when the shepherds with their sheep knelt where the baby Jesus was with no prompting. Then the shepherds went and told each member of the audience that Jesus was born.
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