In an auditorium 30 miles from my home, a small group of high school actors, actresses, and their director went against the odds and performed The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. I had no idea what production we were going to watch. Our youngest son dates a girl from this community and she had a part in the play. We wanted to show our support and see her perform, so we went. Little did I know as I walked into the dimly light auditorium, what was about to take place.
In doing some research on The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, I found the book which was wrote in 1972 and a television movie released in 1983. It is a story about 6 children (the Herdmans) who are unruly, delinquent and violent. They start attending church to receive free snacks, when they wind up in the annual Christmas pageant. Everyone thinks the pageant will be a disaster, but are quite touched by the results.
This is a popular play that has been performed in community and children theatres for years. What is so amazing to me is the fact it was shown in a public high school.
Here we are in 2009. Prayers are not allowed to be spoken in public schools, the nativity scene has been removed from public Christmas displays, in retail stores Christmas trees are now known as Holiday trees and students are suing schools for their rights as Christians to free speech. And unbeknownst to me, I enter a small high school auditorium in Kansas and become mesmerized by the Christmas story.
The Christmas story; with Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, shepherds, wise men, and angels. The entire Christmas story, read on stage from the Bible. Even a few of the traditional Christmas carols were sung. At times, I was overcome with emotions. Jesus, the birth of my savior was being presented in a public school auditorium to a “packed” house. Even for me, there is a glimmer of hope! No matter how much our government and others try to remove God from our schools, communities and nation; when we least expect it… God shows up!
I am thankful there are still administration and teachers who take the risk and allow Christian influences in our schools. “Kudos” go to the Smith Center Administration, director and community for graciously allowing your students to perform the story of our Saviors birth! God has and will continue to bless your community and school for your faithfulness to Him!