Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Sheep and cows and donkeys, oh my!

Yes, that's what I got to see at our church's living nativity program!  Every year for 55 years, St.Timothy's Episcopal church in Lake Jackson, TX has been presenting a living nativity program out on the church lawn. This year, I got to go with mom and dad.

That's me posing for a quick photo with one of the 3 kings of Orient Ore (also called Maji, or Wise Men of the East) before the performance. (I know that this is a Wise Man, cuz he's my dad, and he's very smart IMHO).

The Annunciation

30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”  (Luke 1:30-33)

I got to see and smell lots of new things at the living nativity. Cows, sheep, and donkeys were there. These are all required exposures for a guide-dog. So, check those off my exposure list, people!  I also got to see and smell hay for the first time.  

The shepherds worshiping baby Jesus in the manger

8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 
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 (Luke 2: 8-17)

I didn't actually get to participate in the program, even though I volunteered to dress up as a black sheep! LOL!  Mom and I watched on the sidelines, out on the lawn, with the audience. There were so many people there with lots of kids running around me. I tried really hard to sit still and behave myself. With all the distractions around me, I had to work really hard! 

The 3 Maji following the star

1 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 2 and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” (Matthew 2:1-2)

The Maji bringing gifts to baby Jesus

 9 ... and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.  (Matthew 2:9-11)

It was a beautiful performance on a lovely, brisk evening.  What a gift this performance is to the community, and an important reminder of the REAL meaning of Christmas. Thank you, St.Timothy's!

 Now, this last photo is not from St.Timothy's program, but I had to share it with you. One of my mom's friends sent it to her.  Isn't it PAWsitively the cutest living nativity scene you could ever imagine? These well behaved pups all got staring roles in this program. Hey, I wonder if I know any of these guys?  Is that horse the director? (Ha Ha Ha)  Good job guys (and gals)!

Merry Christmas!


1 comment:

Joy Zabala said...

Oh, Smokey! It is such a pleasure for all of us at St. Timothy"s to have you with us! We will look forward to hearing about all the good work you to in the future and we will be able to say "we knew you when you were just getting started.".


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