When "Dog in the Manger: A Pageant" pops up, I'm tempted to save it for a later read. For one thing, it's on Tim Schenck's consistently delightful, thought-and-laugh provoking blog, Clergy Family Confidential. For another, I see this pageant script has been crafted by Laurie Brock, another one of my gifted writer-clergy friends who blogs at Dirty Sexy Ministry.
It's first thing (for me = 9:30 AM) in the morning, why would I want to squander such delight when I'll most definitely probably need it later?
Oh, Holy Spirit, tugging at me to read the blog post anyway. I do. I'm amused, especially by this stage direction, "...several Marys come out, all giggling and twirling in their Mary-ness."
The script is delightful...tralalalala...and then, I'm stopped and moved to unexpected tears by this:
Love looks like a teenager texting, an angel in a bad mood, and children having fun being in weird costumes. Love looks like our homeless brothers and sisters and those people we call “enemy.” Love looks like our family and friends, even those who, on this night, we miss because they are with God. Love looks courageous and messy and unusual and simple. Love looks like all of us here tonight.
The message of Christmas is pretty simple – long ago, on that night, love came down to be with all of us in Jesus. Love…Love came down at Christmas.
─ Rev. Laurie Brock
And here's the inspiration for Laurie's pageant script: