Mary didn't show up for practice. The children proceeded without her. The stars and angels knew where they were supposed to stand. The shepherds (one of them was missing, too.) got their entrance right on. Joseph held the baby. Someone was assigned to call Mary and tell her when shee needed to be there to dress for the final presentation.
Children's Christmas pageants -- what a delight!.
Mary was in place next to Joseph this evening--right where whe belonged.
But Christmas pageants bring up questions.
What if Mary didn't show up--you know--back there when the angel interrupted her day with his announcement --what if, when the angel said "Do not be afraid..." well, you know what always happens when an angel says that don't you? It's never anything easy. What if she gave the those days equivalent of "You gotta be kidding!"
Other Christmas pageant questions:
What is a shepherd? Is it a disciple?
Hmm, that's a good one to ponder, too.
Maybe the shepherds were the first disciples. They were the first to hear the news.
Others less pondersome--
Where's my halo?
Where do I sit?
When do we come back?
And the king who kept picking up his gift when they "went home by another way".
But still, think about it--what if Mary didn't show up? Are you showing up?