Curtain opens / Scene appears peaceful
Middle-Eastern baby in dimmed spotlight
(a real baby, wrapped in livestock rags)
Nestled in rough wooden feeding trough
Country setting. Clear night with stars.
Mother exhausted. Sleeping.
Father watching. Thinking.
After miles of sweating and praying
After the end of the journey
After the labor
Now cue the angels.
Behind the stage and unseen by the audience:
A fierce and ugly dragon – yes, an actual beast – has been trying to walk out on center stage.
He’s been trying to ruin the show.
He grabbed the script and stuffed it into his flaming mouth.
(It didn’t matter, because everyone already knew their lines.)
He tried to tear down the curtain with his talons (that’s supposed to happen anyway — scene three)
His demonic buddies brought an assassin to kill the baby. They stormed and burst down the side stage door. (He wasn’t a good shot after all, and the baby was whisked away.)
The director just sat there. Directing.
He knew this was going to happen.
It was all actually in the script.
***Spoiler alert: It has an ending that’s out-of-this-world***
Inspiration from Revelation 12 and Luke 2.
Manger photo:Greyson Joralemon